Five dimensions of conversion
1. Regeneration (John 3:3, 7)
2. Repentance (II Corinthians 7:10)
3. Confession (Matthew 10:32)
4. Faith (Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10)
5. Baptism- the outward symbol of all these other inward experiences.
Each of the first four are linked with baptism:
- regeneration- Titus 3:5, Romans 6:4
- repentance- Acts 2:38
- confession- Acts 2:41
- faith-I Peter 3:21; Galatians 3:26-7; Acts 18:8
1. that baptism is a necessary means of salvation.
Baptism is not the means of salvation, but it is not an optional thing, either.
2. Infant baptism is a theological carryover of the Old Testament practice of circumcision.
It is meaningful, but it isn't baptism.
3. In the Bible, there were no delays before baptism.
Meaning and purpose of baptism
1. Baptism represents obedience to Jesus.
2. Baptism represents identification with Jesus.
3. Baptism is testimony about Jesus.