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What is Baptism?

Baptism means to wash, and in Christian Baptism water is used as commanded in God’s Word to wash away our sins and make us children of God.

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27

Why do we baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

Because the true God is one God and three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And, Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize in this way.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

Why do we also baptize little children and even babies?

Because Jesus commanded that all people be baptized and because they too are guilty of sin before God and need God’s forgiveness so that they can be a part of God’s kingdom and go to heaven.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5

Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. Acts 2:38-39

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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