What we believe about baptism
What is Baptism?
Christian baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:3-5)
Christian baptism is immersion in water in submission to the authority of Jesus Christ. It is an act of submission which commits one to a life of obedience.
Baptism is not:
Why should a person be baptized?
Who should get baptized?
Those who believe in Christ. (Mark 16:16)
Those who repent of sin. (Acts 2:38)
Those who confess Christ with their mouth. (Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9)
* Because of the list above, ABT does not baptize infants, and believes that someone should be baptized after they are saved if they were baptized as an infant.
What is the reasoning for baptism by immersion?
Jesus was immersed. (Matthew 3:13-16)
Even scholars of churches which accept modes other than immersion will concede that immersion was original and that sprinkling and pouring were the concessions of man, and were never authorized or practiced by the Apostles of Christ.
Other forms did not come into practice until much later. No Biblical statement can be cited to grant any person or church the right to alter apostolic practice with regard to baptism. The true meaning of baptism cannot be visualized or portrayed in any form other than immersion.
FAQs and Answers
No. Baptismal regeneration means that a person is saved by the act of baptism itself. The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:18-19), not that we are saved by baptism.
Once a person has said “Yes” to Jesus as Savior and Lord, he has forfeited all rights to say “No” to any of Christ’s commands. Baptism is one of those commands.
Because in all the Biblical examples we have, this was the pattern of the early church.
The pattern in Acts was immediately.
Yes, infant baptism is not scriptural. The Bible teaches believer’s baptism only. (Mark 16:16)
As a believer, you should be immersed since the New Testament teaches only immersion in water of a repentant believer.
Please fill out a Request for Baptism form and attend Baptism 101.
We would strongly encourage you to do so, as an outward testimony that you believe in Jesus Christ and as an encouragement to the rest of the body of Christ.
Yes, if they are old enough to understand the Gospel, and if they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
No. If you’d like to be a member of ABT, please fill out a Request for Membership form and attend Membership 101.
Still have questions?
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