In our Bible Study this week we looked at what the Bible says about the issue of baptism in water.
We looked first of all at the Greek for the word baptism. The word comes from baptizo which means to immerse, to submerge, to cleanse by dipping or submerging. Other Greek words for sprinkling and pouring are not used in relation to the verses around the believer's baptism in the Bible.
Baptism is a commandment and therefore believers should give it careful consideration to ensure they have been baptised according to the Bible.
The many accounts of baptism in the New Testament show that it is a believers' baptism. The common aspects of the cases of baptism involves: adults, baptised in a body of water, as a public sign of repentance and coming to faith. See for example the baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch, Lydia and similar cases. Even Jesus, who was perfect and sinless, was baptised in water to show us an example.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. (Ephesians 4:5, 6)
It is a commandment that we should be baptised and that we should make disciples and baptise them in name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Matt 28v19)
We are instructed to be fully immersed as a declaration of our faith in Jesus and our repentance for sin.