Born once die twice. Born twice die once. Confusing? Inconceivable? Yet Christ said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). When an individual accepts Christ and is converted, the old man dies. His sins are forgiven and “he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Baptism symbolizes the burial of the old sinful man who “walked according to the course of this world” (Eph. 2:2) and the rebirth of a new creature in Christ. So important is baptism, that it is mentioned more often that the cross.
1. Is baptism essential?
“He that believeth and is ________ shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).
2. How many ways of baptism are acceptable by God?
“One Lord, one faith, _____ baptism” (Eph. 4:5).
3. But the thief on the cross was not baptized?
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do ______, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
4. How was Jesus baptized?
“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the _______, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him” (Mark 1:9, 10)
5. What method of baptism did the disciples practice?
“And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the ______, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip” (Acts 8:38, 39).
6. Why do we have other methods of baptisms today?
“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of ______. For laying aside the commandment of God” (Mark 7:7).
7. Why can’t we baptize babies?
Because a baby cannot:
“OBSERVE all things” (Matt. 28:20)
“BELEIVETH and is baptized” (Mark 16:16)
“REPENT, and be baptized” (Acts 2:38).
NOTE: In order to be baptized a person must be willing to observe God’s law, BELIEVE in God and REPENT of his or her sins. The fact is, babies cannot do any of these.
8. What does baptism symbolize?
“Therefore we are ________ with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was ________ up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in _________ of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Roman 6:4-6).
9. Must a person wait until they are perfect to be baptized?
“For if there be first a ________ mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not” (2 Cor 8:12).
10. Does baptism lead to church membership?
11. Since baptism symbolizes a washing away of sin and a new life in Christ, would you like to plan for this sacred service soon?