Jesus instructed his disciples to baptize all who received the gospel message (Matt. 28:19). The apostles and others in the early church obeyed this command faithfully (Acts 8:12).
There are those in the body of Christ who believe and teach what is commonly referred to as "baptismal regeneration" (i.e., one is not saved until he has confessed Christ as Savior and been baptized). ALCF does not believe that this view is supported by Scripture. We do affirm that baptism is an important step of obedience to the command of Christ.
Some churches encourage parents to have their infants baptized (sprinkled) "into the faith". The intent of this practice is completely honorable, and many outstanding Christians endorse it. However, there is no clear Scriptural precedent for baptizing infants. Therefore, at ALCF we choose to baptize only those who have expressed personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
What is the significance of baptism?
For every Christian, baptism is a public acknowledgement and affirmation of:
The spiritual burial and resurrection which takes place when one receives Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-4). The Greek word translated "baptize" means to dip or immerse. This definition, coupled with the burial analogy in Romans, indicates that the style of baptism practiced by Christ and his disciples was full immersion in water.
The washing away of our sins (1 Peter 3:20-21). Baptism, then, is an outward manifestation of what has taken place inwardly - the cleansing of our hearts from sin.
Have you accepted Christ?
If so, you should be baptized at your earliest opportunity!
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