There are two ordinances that most Christian churches observe. They are communion and water baptism.
At the end of next month, my church will be joining with the local Assembly of God church in having a water baptismal service at the lake near our church. So these baptism quotes are the result of my research in order to prepare people in their obedience to the Lord's desire that believers get baptized in water.
I hope that you enjoy these sayings concerning water baptism.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“In the early days of the church….,baptism was a declaration that the believer was definitely identifying himself with that group of people who were called Christians and were despised and hated. To be a Christian meant something. To identify yourself with those who were called Christians meant persecution, maybe death; it meant being ostracized from your family, shunned by friends. And the one act which was the final declaration of this identification was BAPTISM. As long as a man gathered with Christians, he was tolerated, but when once he submitted to baptism, he declared to all the world, I BELONG TO THIS DESPISED GROUP, and immediately he was persecuted, hated, and despised. In baptism, therefore, the believer entered into the fellowship of the sufferings of Christ. A person might be a believer and keep it strictly a secret and thus avoid unpleasantness and suffering, but once he submitted to public baptism he had burned his bridges behind him.” - Dr. M. R. DeHaan
Our justification from sins takes place at the point of saving faith, not at the point of water baptism, which usually occurs later. But if a person is already justified and has sins forgiven eternally at the point of saving faith, then baptism is not necessary for forgiveness of sins nor for the bestowal of new spiritual life. Baptism, then, is not necessary for salvation. But it is necessary if we are to be obedient to Christ, for he commanded baptism for all who believe in him. - Wayne A. Grudem
We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life. - Vance Havner
Baptism was to put a line of demarcation between your past sins when you are buried with Him by Baptism--you are burying your past sins--eradicating them--putting a line in the sand saying that old man is dead and he is no longer alive any more and I rise up to walk in the newness of life. - T.D. Jakes
After many painful trials, which none can know, but those who are taught to relinquish a system in which they had been educated, I settled down in the full persuasion, that the immersion of a professing believer in Christ is the only Christian baptism. - Adoniram Judson
Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers. - Max Lucado
Baptism is faith in action. - Watchman Nee
God's people should be baptized because God commanded it, not because some church requires it. - John R. Rice
In Colossians 2:12 and 1 Peter 3:21 baptism is an expression of the faith of the person being baptized. I [do] not see how an infant could properly receive this ordinance as an expression of his or her faith. - John Piper
“We ought to regard the sacrament of baptism with reverence. An ordinance of which the Lord Jesus Himself partook, is not to be lightly esteemed. An ordinance to which the great Head of the Church submitted, ought to be ever honorable in the eyes of professing Christians.” - J.C. Ryle
A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake, because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved. - Charles Spurgeon
“Paul clearly states in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that baptism is not part of the gospel when he says: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.” Baptism is clearly not a part of the gospel, according to Paul. He adds, ‘I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius’ (1 Cor. 1:14). These statements are totally incompatible with the idea of baptismal regeneration.” - Ted Sutherland
I know that there are many people that believe in infant baptism or Christening. I personally do not hold to that belief but instead see the practice of infant baptism more in line with baby dedication like Mary did with Jesus and Hannah did with Samuel.
As far as the doctrine of baptismal regeneration, I cannot see how it is possible when Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross and declared that the thief would be in paradise with Jesus that very day.
So, without pointing fingers or trying to get into doctrinal disputes about baptism, I have included those quotes about baptism that would show what the majority of Evangelical Christians would ascribe to concerning water baptism.
What are some of your favorite baptism quotes? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below. Maybe somebody will see the quote you share and use it in their baptism service.
Oh, and if you are getting ready to get baptized, congratulations on your baptism!
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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