At Cornerstone Christian Church, we believe that the Bible is the final authority on all matters pertaining to faith and christian living. The Bible is full of references to baptism in the form of directives, instructions, and examples. Jesus commanded his followers to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
The early church followed this command as they set out to change the world with the good news about Jesus. In the 2nd chapter of the book of Acts, 3000 people responded to the preaching of Peter and were baptized for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit. All through the book of Acts, we see a clear and consistent practice concerning baptism. People heard the good news of Jesus, they believed, and they were baptized immediately.
Other New Testament books provide an explanation of the significance and meaning of the act of baptism. The epistles (biblical letters) of Paul teach us that baptism is a type of burial, where we die to sin and arise to live a new life. As we are immersed in water and subsequently raised up, it is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, which is the very heart of the gospel message. The apostle Peter explains in his first epistle that baptism is associated with salvation, but it is not the water that saves, it is the pledge of a good conscience toward God.
At Cornerstone we believe that the Bible clearly portrays baptism as an essential part of the conversion process. It is the act that signifies the beginning of our walk with Christ, our death to self, the remission of our sins, and the point at which we “clothe ourselves” with the righteosness of Christ.
But don’t just take our word for it, take a few minutes and read the scripture for yourself. If you have questions or would simply like to discuss this important topic further, please contact one of our ministers or elders.
Scriptural Reference to Baptism
- Jesus’ instructions on baptism (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15-16)
- Baptisms in the early church (Acts 2:38-41, 8:34-39, 9:18-19, 10:47-48, 16:14-15, 19:4-5, 22:16)
- Baptism as a type of burial (Romans 6:1-5, Colossians 2:12)
- Being clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:27)
- Baptism as related to salvation (1 Peter 3:21)