What is Baptism?

water

Do you sprinkle?

Do you dunk?

Babies or Adults?

In the name of Jesus?

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Baptism can be an extremely controversial topic that draws lines in the sand for many people.

All I will do is give a brief explanation to what our beliefs at New Breed Church are and why we believe this.

According to our doctrinal beliefs, baptism is an Ordinance that we practice in our church.

We believe that baptism is to be administered to people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is to be done by immersion in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and is a prerequisite to church membership. Baptism is a picture of us dying with Christ and being raised to newness of life.

We believe these things about Baptism:

1. You must have placed your faith in Jesus Christ to be baptized.

We don’t believe that baptism will save you.

2. Baptism is to be done by immersion in to the water.

We don’t believe in infant baptism and/or sprinkling. 

3. Baptism is to be done in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We don’t believe that you must be baptized in the name of Jesus to be saved.

4. Baptism is a prerequisite to Church Membership.

To be a member at New Breed Church, you must already be baptized

or be a candidate for baptism. You cannot be a member who

refuses to be baptized.

Like a ring worn on a finger to signify a married person, baptism is a symbol. If one takes off their wedding ring, they are still married. While baptism does not save someone, it is the first step in obedience for following Christ.

When we talk about things we don’t believe it can be offensive but we have major reasons for openly disagreeing with these dangerous teachings.

Here is a further description for each of the 4 categories I described regarding baptism:

1. You must have placed your faith in Jesus Christ to be baptized.

Galatians 2:16 explains how we are not saved by our works. Our faith is what saves us. Unfortunately for many, they believe baptism is what saves you. This comes completely against the teachings of scripture that you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is the first step of obedience for the believer.
Here is a great article for further reading with many other scriptures. 

2. Baptism is to be done by immersion in to the water.

Infant baptism is a hot topic as well today. We will see many churches that may teach this. A lot of these churches are filled with God-fearing pastors who live in accordance with the word. But we believe that because of the fact that there are many people who claim baptism yet have no salvation, infant baptism has confused many unregenerate people. The immersion symbolizes the beautiful picture that baptism is, us dying with Christ and being raised to newness of life.

3. Baptism is to be done in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in a triune God. God has always existed in the form of three persons, the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. When we baptize, we do so in accordance with the great commission to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But there are times  in scripture that someone was baptized in the name of Jesus. But “the name of Jesus” really means “in the authority of.” It doesn’t mean that all people should be baptized that way. For further reading…

4. Baptism is a prerequisite to Church Membership.

We lastly believe that any Christian who is being obedient in their walk will be baptized after they are saved. If they refuse, they will be disobeying one of the ordinances of the church.

I know these were quick summaries and didn’t get real far into these issues but I hope they will have been of some benefit.

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