There were only two ordinances (or practices) commanded by Christ and the Apostles.

Baptism – A believer identifies with Christ’s sacrificial death
The Breaking of Bread – A believer remembers the death of Christ

What is Baptism?

The Greek word “baptizo” means: To immerse in water.  The word is used for dying a garment.
Baptism took place where there was a lot of water, such as a river: John the Baptist baptised at the Jordan river (John 3:23)
The Ethiopian eunuch was baptised when he saw water (Acts 8:36)

When does baptism take place?

Baptism is always the result of belief Acts 16:30-33; 8:36, 37
And the desire to change one’s life Acts 2:37, 38

Baptism is necessary for salvation

He that believes and is baptised shall be saved Mark 16:16
Even Jesus (who never sinned) was baptised Matthew 3:14, 15
Baptism into Jesus Christ is necessary (John’s Baptism was only for repentance) Acts 19:4, 5
It is not enough to live a good life and do good things – Cornelius was told to go to Peter who would tell him “what to do” (v6) Acts 10:2 Cornelius was baptised (verse 47)
Baptism involves the forgiveness of our sins. Acts 22:16


Baptism is a symbol for:

In baptism we share in the death of Christ

“We are buried with him by baptism unto death” (Romans 6:4)

Baptism symbolising dying to our old way of life, to sin.

“our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed.”(Romans 6:6)“be dead unto sin but alive unto God” (v11) 

Coming out of the water after baptism, is sharing in the resurrection of Christ, so that we live a new life.

“like as Christ was raised up from the dead .. so we should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

We have changed masters, from serving sin and self, to serving God

“you were the servants of sin… now you are the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17, 18)

Baptism is like a new birth

“born of water” (John 3:3-5)becoming “a new creature” (2 Cor 5:17)

Baptism is symbolic of a life of denial

“Crucify the flesh” Galatians 5:24“crucified with Christ” Galatians 2:20“bearing the dying..” 2 Corinthians 4:10

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