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Chapter 29: Of Baptism

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Chapter 29
BAPTISM

29.1 Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be to the person baptized a sign of fellowship with Christ in His death and resurrection, of being grafted into Him,1 of remission of sins,2 and of giving up oneself to God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.3

(1) Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:27
(2) Mark 1:4; Acts 22:16
(3) Romans 6:4

29.2 Those who actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, are the only proper subjects for this ordinance.1

(1) Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:4-6; Luke 3:3-6; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; John 4:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17; Acts 2:37-41; 8:12-13,36-38; 9:18; 10:47-48; 11:16; 15:9; 16:14-15,31-34; 18:8; 19:3-5; 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Philippians 3:3; John 1:12-13; Matthew 21:43

29.3 The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, in which the person is to be baptized1 in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.2

(1) Matthew 3:11; Acts 8:36,38; 22:16
(2) Matthew 28:18-20

29.4 Immersion, or dipping the person in water, is essential for the proper administration of this ordinance.1

(1) 2 Kings 5:14; Psalms 69:2; Isaiah 21:4; Mark 1:5,8-9; John 3:23; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Mark 7:3-4; 10:38-39; Luke 12:50; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5,8; 2:1-4,17