Acts 2:38 – Step 2

Why is baptism so important and how are we supposed to be baptized?

Jesus spoke very strongly about baptism and how it should be administered.

Mark 16:16

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

Jesus himself set the example of how we are to be baptized, baptism by immersion.All other Biblical accounts are by immersion. The method of sprinkling is not found in the Bible.

Matthew 3:16

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him."

What does baptism do for us?

Baptism removes, remits or washes away our sins as evidenced in Acts 22:16 and Acts 2:38. Some people want you to think that baptism is an outward sign that we have accepted Christ and that it does not remit sins. But these scriptures tell us differently.

What is the proper formula to pronounce over the baptismal candidate?

Some churches baptize using the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The Catholic encyclopedia states that the original formula that was used by the Apostles was in the name of the Lord Jesus and the Trinity formula was developed later, being introduced at the Council of Nicea in the year 325 A.D. Let's look at what the scriptures say. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commissioned his apostles to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Notice the term name is singular. Father, Son and Holy Ghost are titles, not names.

Luke 24:45-47

…and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. The following scriptures show that baptism in the New Testament was administered in the name of Jesus.

Acts 8:16

"For as yet he was fallen upon none of them; only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 10:48 "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." Acts 19:5 "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

Acts 2:38

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Acts 4:12

"Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."