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Baptism in nt times [message #802477] Tue, 15 July 2014 18:19 Go to next message
~Janice  is currently offline ~Janice
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Was there a significance to baptism in the New Testament church??


Janice T. ~ CHF member since 09/97 ~
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Re: Baptism in nt times [message #802495 is a reply to message #802477 ] Wed, 16 July 2014 03:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Teri in AZ  is currently offline Teri in AZ
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Not sure of the question, but baptism then, as now, signifies identity with the family of believers. In those days, doing so came at significant risk. You were physically demonstrating that you were now a Christian. That's true in many other countries today. It is an outward, visible expression of an inward step of faith and repentance. My answer is what I believe, based on research of my own.

There are many other theological beliefs concerning baptism - one denomination calls it critical to salvation, another includes it as critical to the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Teri in AZ

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Re: Baptism in nt times [message #802516 is a reply to message #802477 ] Wed, 16 July 2014 07:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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Romans 6:4 is what some of our denomination's pastors say as they baptize folks. It's a picture of Christ's death and resurrection, sort of a witness to those who observe the baptism. It's, as Teri said, a symbolic identification with Christ, part of a public profession of faith.

I believe these were the same in the NT church.

Lisa R.
Re: Baptism in nt times [message #802755 is a reply to message #802477 ] Mon, 21 July 2014 01:40 Go to previous message
Kate Megill  is currently offline Kate Megill
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Well, baptism of people was used in the OT to cleanse someone healed from disease or any type of uncleanness. I've also read that a new proselyte to Judaism had to be ceremonially bathed after being circumcised before they could fully participate in the life of a Jew. Perhaps this is where John got it from?

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