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What does the Church of Christ believe about baptism?

What does the Church of Christ believe about baptism?

Churches of Christ consistently teach that in baptism a believer surrenders his life in faith and obedience to God, and that God “by the merits of Christ’s blood, cleanses one from sin and truly changes the state of the person from an alien to a citizen of God’s kingdom.

Do you have to confess your sins to get baptized?

Yes. Contrary to the humanistic rationalism that has infected most of evangelicalism, baptism is not something a human does to declare anything, baptism is something that God does to us: according to Paul, baptism buries us with Christ, makes us dead to sin; according to Peter, baptism is for the remission of sins.

What do we confess about baptism?

Baptism restores right relationship with the Divine. God mercifully bends down to our limited forms of bodily communication, making us articulate in his Word. Baptism liberates us from worldly captivity to sense grace anew, so that we might put on Christ and manifest the mystery of the Trinity to the Church.

Why does the Church of Christ believe you have to be baptized?

Because baptism is required in the New Testament, baptism by immersion is required in the CofC. For the very simple reason that it is where forgiveness, burial and resurrection takes place. It is where new birth takes place. It is where newness of life takes place.

Do Baptists believe baptism is necessary for salvation?

Over time we found it easier to accept the name we had been given rather than try to change people’s minds about who we are and what we stand for — even though most Baptists don’t believe that Baptism is essential for salvation, as salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Is baptism a confession of faith?

As with any sacrament, baptism is not an atoning action, but rather an expression of deep-seated faith that our sins are forgiven and that we are accepted into the body of Christ.

Can you be saved without being baptized?

It is the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Since a person is saved by the gospel (Ro- mans 1:16), which does not include baptism (1 Corinthians 1:17; 15:3– 4), then a person can be saved without being baptized.

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