Statement on Baptism

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IBC's Statement on Baptism: Introduction

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As we come to the topic of baptism, it is important for us to come to a solid, biblical conviction.  The aim of this study and Statement on Baptism is to help believers not only understand baptism for themselves, but also to help them be able to explain the topic to others.  We pray that the Lord, who gave us the ordinance of baptism, will be pleased with the content of these pages.

This study is centered around the four following questions, the last of which being the most significant for our purposes.

  • Why be baptized?
  • Who should be baptized?
  • How should one be baptized?
  • And finally, what does baptism mean?

We may summarize baptism as:

The ceremony where believers—those who have heard and believed the Gospel—respond in repentance and obedience to the command of Jesus and the practice of the church.  In this ceremony, the believer is immersed and raised again from the water as sign signifying the washing of sins, being included in God’s people, and being united with Christ in His death and resurrection. 

  • This study will help you to understand each part of this summary.

Prior to getting into the main contents of this study, it is important to note that there has been difference of positions within Christianity on the issue of baptism.  Because of this, what follows in this study is what we view as the teaching of Scripture.  While we can hold different views on baptism and still be in fellowship, it is in the interest of the unity and the clarity of the congregation that we provide this teaching.

Going Deeper

For those who are interested in studying this topic further, there are many resources that address baptism.  We suggest Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994).  Much of what follows in this Statement has been adapted from his presentation of the doctrine (found on pages 966-987).

Grudem’s book will be a simple, helpful place to continue your study of baptism.  If you are looking for more information, please reach out to our Pastors. You will find further resources mentioned at the end of Grudem’s chapter.

For more in-depth study, check out the book Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2006), Edited by Thomas Schreiner and Shawn Wright.

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