The following articles are related to the topic of BAPTISM

Does Archaeology Prove that Baptism May Be Administered by Sprinkling?

Those who practice ritualistic "sprinkling" as a substitute for water immersion, commonly allege that "baptism," from the very commencement of the Christian age, was implemented either by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling. They claim that ancient literary references, together with modern archaeological discoveries, support this diversity. Will this assertion stand up under the test of critical scholarship? First, it must be ... read more »

Colossians 2:12 — Baptism – A Working of God

Many denominational people oppose the idea that baptism is an essential condition for the remission of past sins. One of the misconceptions leading to this erroneous conclusion is this. It is argued that the New Testament plainly teaches that we are not saved by works. But, baptism is a work. Therefore, baptism can have nothing to do with our salvation. ... read more »

Acts 2:38—Not So Tough

The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry maintains a website that operates out of southern California. It is under the oversight of author and webmaster, Matthew J. Slick, BA, MDiv. Mr. Slick is also an associate "pastor" and "elder" with the Wellspring Christian Fellowship in Escondido, California. [Note: In the New Testament, the titles "pastor" and "elder" represent the same role ... read more »

Acts 2:21 — Calling on the Lord’s Name

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter declared: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). In view of this statement, folks sometimes ask: Why do members of the church of Christ insist that baptism is a requirement for being saved? One should not assume that calling upon the Lord's name, and ... read more »

Was Jesus Immersed in the Jordan River?

Those who practice ritualistic "sprinkling" as a substitute for water immersion commonly allege that "baptism," from the very commencement of the Christian age, was implemented either by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling. They claim that ancient literary sources, and even a few scriptural references, support this diversity. Will this assertion stand up under the test of critical scholarship? It absolutely will ... read more »

Every Spiritual Blessing Is in Christ

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . " (Eph. 1:3). The word "blessed" is eulogetos - like our word "eulogy." It means, "to speak well of."There are related words for "blessing" men, but this word is only used of God in the New Testament. Men may be "praised" for their benevolent deeds occasionally, ... read more »

Can a Man Justify God?

"What is the meaning of the phrase, 'justified God,' in Luke 7:29? Isn't God just already? How could man possibly 'justify' God?" First, let us take a look at the full text in which the phrase is found. "I say unto you, among them that are born of women there is none greater than John: yet he that is but ... read more »

Matthew 28:19-20 – Four Important Points About the Great Commission

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19-20). The foregoing is Matthew's account of what ... read more »

The Assault upon Mark 16:16

A group of disgruntled defectors from the faith has initiated a subversive electronic magazine mislabeled, Grace Centered Magazine.The names associated with this nefarious effort read like a "Who's Who" of apostates within the "change agent" movement. Recently, a writer, who chose to remain anonymous (cf. Gal. 2:4 - "false brothers secretly brought in," ESV), published an article in GCM titled, ... read more »

Were John’s Disciples Required To Be Reimmersed?

"Were those who were immersed by John the Baptizer required to be re-immersed on or after the day of Pentecost?" This question has generated much discussion. Some contend that John's disciples were obligated to submit to the baptism of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). This assumption is based almost entirely on Luke's narrative in Acts 19:1-7. ... read more »