Water Baptism – The Basics


Baptism is the first step to a new life. As a Christian you can expect physical healing, protection from accidents, peace of mind and joy of heart as your right. The key to this new life is to do the things that Jesus said to do.  Water baptism is one of these things.

Baptism means to thoroughly immerse under water

  • In the scriptures people were fully immersed in water[1]
  • John the Baptist baptised at Aenon, because ‘there was much water there’[2]
  • Historians and early church leaders like Luther, Calvin and Wesley agree that the method of baptism in the New Testament days was to completely dip a person under the water.
  • Baptism comes from the Greek word baptizo which means to thoroughly immerse under water.

Jesus said we must be baptised

  • To be saved [3]
  • To enter the Kingdom of God[4]

In the early church the apostles baptised people who

  • Believed in Jesus[5]
  • Repented[6]
  • Wanted to follow Jesus[6,7]

The Bible tells us baptism is

  • A commandment of Jesus[8]
  • An act of a good conscience toward God[9]
  • A symbol of being buried and raised with Jesus[10]
  • The start of a new life with Jesus[11]


Other subjects in this series:

Scriptural References:

[1] Acts 8:36-39

[2] John 3:22-23

[3] Mark 16:16

[4] John 3:5-7

[5] Acts 8:12-13, 8:36-38, 18:8

[6] Acts 2:38

[7] Acts 10:47-48, 16:29-33

[8] Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:16

[9] 1 Peter 3:21

[10] Colossians 2:12

[11] Romans 6:4