Baptism – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 15

By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. (Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.)

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Baptism of Children

People often ask me how old  a child should be before they can be baptized. Many are surprised to hear I was just seven when I was baptized. I still remember the night – I was lying in bed, thinking about the cross and Jesus’ love for me. I decided I wanted to be baptized. I … [Click to read more …]

Going Through the Motions

Have you ever gotten home from work but you don’t remember driving there? You’re on auto-pilot. It happens whenever we’ve done something so many times that our brain doesn’t really have to engage in what we’re doing to make it happen. It’s almost like our muscles just take over – tying our shoes, playing a … [Click to read more …]

Magical Christianity

“Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. …And he … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Baptism

The New Testament uses several images to describe what baptism means. First, baptism symbolizes a spiritual union with Christ (Rom. 6:3-8), involving participation in His suffering, death, and resurrection, as well as the renunciation of one’s former lifestyle. In this way, baptism is linked with repentance and the forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38); the new birth and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Slaves Set Free

When we understand redemption as freedom from a form of enslavement that required external assistance, we may conclude that sinful humanity is bound by a power or influence stronger than itself. The question that needs to be answered is, by what power or agency has sinful humanity been so bound? Study Romans 6:12-23. Notice that in … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel Presentation

Our key thought for this week’s SS lesson is, “In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.”  Is this true in the last days with so many pressing issues confronting the church and world, as Bible prophecies reach their climax? Yes it is! “More people … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Our Condition in Christ

Keeping Galatians 3:25 in mind, read Galatians 3:26. How does this text help us understand what our relationship to the law is, now that we have been redeemed by Jesus? 1 The word for at the beginning of verse 26 indicates that Paul sees a direct connection between this verse and the preceding one. In the same way that a master’s … [Click to read more …]


Baptism – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 15 — 8 Comments

    • Watson, can you clarify what you meant?

      Under what circumstances does "the church insist on second baptism"?

      (We have discovered that in some countries "the church" does "insist on second baptism" in situations where the Bible does not require it -- such as when someone baptized by full immersion learns of Adventist truths and wants to join the church. In such cases, there is no harm in being re-baptized. You can view it as a new commitment to Christ as you have learned new truths.)

      Please share your situations with us, and how it relates to what has been shared on this site.

    • Buddy, I don’t know your circumstances and therefore I really don’t know the reason why you are asking if baptism is necessary. Because of this my answer is going to be very general.

      If we do nothing but realize that Jesus told John to baptize Him (Mat 3:13-17) and that He commanded His disciples to do the same with new converts (Mat 28:18-20) that should be sufficient reason to be baptized. Furthermore, we see in Acts that the disciples were following through with the commission Jesus had given them (Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16).

      Baptism in and of itself cannot save you. It is a public declaration that you have accepted Jesus as your savior and all that He stands for. It also declares your acceptance and realization of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to affect the promises of the new covenant in your life.


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