Questions To Ask Before Someone Is Baptized

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When a person puts their trust in Christ, baptism usually follows, so what essential questions should be asked before a person is baptized?

God’s Wrath

When a person puts their trust in Christ, baptism usually follows, so what essential questions should be asked before a person is baptized? First of all, God’s mercy is not relevant or important to a person until they see that the wrath of God is abiding on all unsaved people. The more we read about God’s anger of the unrepentant sinner, the more God’s grace is amazing. There must be a clear understanding by the person being baptized that there is none that are good at all…not even one; no exceptions. There are no “good people” who can merit their own salvation by good works. And none of us really seek after God (Rom 3:10-12). There are absolutely none that are righteous before God (Rom 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).What Does The Bible Say About Death

Dead in Sins

The Apostle Paul sums up our state before we were saved, and we were in the same trouble that Lazarus was in; he was four days dead! Paul says that every one of us “were dead in the trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1), doing what unsaved people normally do (Eph 2:2). Whether we knew it or not, we were the children of wrath, just like “the rest of mankind” (Eph 2:3) is. Like they, we were facing a dreaded judgment after death or at Christ’s appearance (Heb 9:27; Rev 20:12-15), but then God intervened. Paul says, “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:4-5). God’s Spirit quickened us and brought us eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Saved by Grace

The person being baptized must understand that they are helpless to earn God’s favor and they are unable to save themselves. God’s solution for our sins only comes through Jesus Christ. There is simply no other way to be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). They must fully trust in Jesus Christ, period! A person is saved apart from their own works, so it is only by God’s grace that we are saved. Even though we’re not saved by works, we are not saved if we have no works (Eph 2:10; James 2:18).

Repentance

When Jesus first proclaimed the gospel, it included the command to repent and believe (Mark 1:15). Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin. Unless there is a genuine repentance, then a person may not actually be regenerated. Time will tell, but there should be a desire and tendency to sin less. Of course, we’ll never be sinless…but we should be sinning less over time. That’s called sanctification and it’s a work of the Spirit of God. Thankfully, God helps us here too, for it is God that grants repentance (2 Tim 2:24-26). The Apostle Paul didn’t save Lydia. It was Paul’s words and God Himself that saved Lydia. The Apostle Paul said, “One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14), so it was the Word of God with the Spirit of God that made Lydia a child of God. So all of this; belief, repentance, and salvation are fully a work of God.

To God be the Glory

In this way, God receives all the glory, and that is as it should be (Psalm 115:1). We could not cause our own natural birth any more than we could have caused our spiritual birth from above (John 3:3-7). We are literally, “born from above,” not below. The Apostle John wrote, it was “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

Public Baptism

Paul says that it is “with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Rom 10:9), and that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:12), so that means we make a public profession of our faith, and what better way to do that than with a public baptism…typically in the church (but many in the streams, lakes, rivers, bathtubs, or wherever possible). This means that baptism should be done in public, before witnesses or before the church, but baptism is commanded (Matt 28:19). Baptism by itself saves no one. It is not Jesus + water = salvation. Salvation is fully a work of God (Jonah 2:9), but obediently following up with baptism after professing faith is what Jesus Himself commanded.

Essential Questions Before Baptism

 

1. Do you understand and publically acknowledge today that you are a sinner, and like all sinners, deserving the wrath of God, meaning eternal punishment?

2. Do you understand that there is nothing at all you can do to earn God’s favor or salvation by your own efforts (Eph 2:8-9)?

3. Do you now publically acknowledge that you have put your trust in Jesus Christ and He alone is the one and only way to the Father (John 6:44), and that Jesus is God’s one and only remedy for your sin and your salvation (2 Cor 5:21)?

4. Do you now publically acknowledge that by your identification with Christ, you have died to sin and will be raised to newness of life in Him (2 Cor 5:17), which is what water baptism represents?

5. Do you fully understand that you are commanded to repent and believe (Mark 1:15), and now declare publically that you have repented of your sins?

If you have fully understood these biblical facts and accept them as true, then it is my great pleasure to baptize you into the name of the Father, into the name of the Son, and into the name of the Holy Spirit, amen.

Conclusion

If you’ve never repented and trusted in Christ, you cannot pillow your head tonight because you’re still a child of wrath. Today, while it’s still called today (2 Cor 6:2), put your trust in the Savior, Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Here’s how that happens: It takes the Word of God shared by a person of God and the Spirit of God to birth the children of God, and that’s all for the glory of God.

Here is some related reading for you: Does Baptism Save You? A Biblical Analysis

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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elias December 29, 2020 at 11:19 am

If you have fully understood these biblical facts and accept them as true, then it is my great pleasure to baptize you into the name of the Father, into the name of the Son, and into the name of the Holy Spirit, amen.

Yes, I have fully understand these biblical facts and accept them as true. I believe that I was just baptized in the flesh…now I have to wait for my new born again baptism, the one that comes from above. Is that right? Thanks

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Jack Wellman December 29, 2020 at 11:45 am

Hello Elias. There is no “born again” baptism mentioned in the Bible. A person is saved by faith alone in Christ alone and not by baptism (Eph 2:8-9) so we are saved by faith in Christ alone and then commanded to be baptized. We are baptized, not to be saved, but because we are saved. That’s a huge difference Elias.

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elias December 29, 2020 at 3:02 pm

Hello Jack,

Thanks for baptizing me. I will follow Jesus although i live in a wicked world…almost everybody works for luxuries, wealth, health, prosperity…I know that day it will not matter how many people like me, or how popular i am…the riches and posessions i have acquired wil be meaninglesswill be meaningless…my opinions, race, culture and religion will not matter…in that day only a personal relationship with Jesuschrist is all that will matter.

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elias December 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Hello Jack,

First of all i want to wish you a better 2021 than 2020.

Regarding the “born again” matter…is there anything i can do to propmpt it? i mean…should i give more to the poor?…or give more to my church?….read more the Bible?…i ask these questions because i am now 63 and have always been self-centered…i have many idols, and i am number one, not even my children nor my grandchildren are…i spend hours in the gym to look manly…i try to love God and Jesus but i sense it is only words not from the heart…and i feel that i dont have much time left…I`ll appreciate very much some comments…thanks

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Jack Wellman December 31, 2020 at 10:27 pm

Hello Elias. No one can prompt our birth or being born again since it is from above we are born (John 3:3-7). If you have any time left, God is not done with you. Find a church to do what Christ commands (Matt 25:35-36) as unto Him (Matt 25:40) for not to do anything for Him is a sign someone may have never been born again in the first place (Matt 25:41….) Call your pastor and talk to him.

Emmanuel Paul Pugh January 11, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Read your Bible !!!!! And look up the “restored church of God” for understanding of the text and may God bless you with innerstanding of the text
In the name of Jesus Christ
Amen

Jack Wellman January 11, 2021 at 3:36 pm

Elias, I would not look up the Restored Church of God. Members of the Restored Church of God are warned that leaving the fellowship will cause them to lose any chance of eternal life. Salvation is found only in the Restored Church of God. All other churches are considered apostate or counterfeit.

The Restored Church of God teaches binitarian theology rather than trinitarian. They believe that the Godhead temporarily consists of Jesus the Messiah, as the creator and spokesman, and God the Father. Their God Family doctrine states that every human who ever lived may be spiritually born and enter into the Godhead.

Pack teaches an imminent end of the world, with World War III beginning in the United States and Britain, the economy collapsing, and death and destruction reigning. In making such prophecies, Pack continues the tradition of Armstrong himself, who made over 200 prophecies (with specific dates) of massive destruction in the United States. Armstrong’s prophecies never came to pass. Pack typically avoids referencing specific dates.

The Restored Church of God teaches the false Anglo-Israel theology, stating that residents of Britain are the tribe of Ephraim and that those of the U.S. are Manasseh. They also teach that white Anglo-Saxons are the chosen people of God.

A religious sect can be considered a cult when it denies the basic theology that defines the Christian faith. Armstrongism, with its denial of the Trinity, its false prophecies, and its promotion of Law-based justification, has always been considered a cult. The Restored Church of God, in seeking to restore the original doctrines of Armstrongism, falls into the same category. “‘They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:9).

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