This week at VESSELS, we learned about baptism. We had about 20 girls express interest in wanting to be baptized together on Sunday, April 12. For those of you who missed it, I wanted to spend a little time here on the blog talking about baptism.

 

What is baptism?

Baptism is a outer display and announcement to tell the world about the inner change that had happened in your heart when you accepted Jesus as your Savior.

 

Should I be baptized?

First answer these two questions.

1. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

2. Have you asked Jesus for forgiveness of your sins?

If the answer is YES to both, you should be baptized. In our world, we are often told that it is acceptable to believe what we want so long as we keep our faith to ourselves. Satan LOVES under-cover Christians (who are timid with their faith and quietly keep it to themselves). Baptism is an opportunity for the believer to publicly proclaim Christ. 

 

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT BAPTISM

Jesus led the example of baptism. Matthew 3:15-17 

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

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Jesus told us to baptize his disciples/followers. Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”

 

Baptism comes right after “conversion” (asking Jesus in your heart). Acts 2:41

Those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 

 

Baptism symbolizes Jesus’ death and resurrection. Romans 6:2-4

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

  • It symbolizes his death. As Jesus went down into death, so we go down into the waters of baptism.
  • It symbolizes his burial. As Jesus was buried for three days, so we are buried for a moment in the watery grave.
  • It symbolizes his resurrection. As Jesus arose, so we arise to live in newness of life.

 

Baptism is not the same as salvation (asking Jesus in your heart).

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be baptized to go to Heaven. The act of baptism is not for the forgiveness of sin. The act of baptism does not mean you are saved. Salvation is ONLY through accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior–asking Him for forgiveness of your sins (though his death and resurrection), recognizing Him as at the Son of God, and promising to live your life for Him.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Remember, baptism is announcement that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. If you could get into Heaven by being baptized, we would be saving ourselves through our “works and acts.” It wouldn’t be through Jesus’ grace.

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If you are interested in being baptized but missed last night, please let Teacher Janna know, and plan to attend the informational parent meeting next Wednesday, April 8 at 5:45 p.m. (right before VESSELS begins). You do not need to attend Faith Bible Chapel to be baptized.

Sunday, April 12 is what I’m calling VESSELS Sunday. I’m encouraging all VESSELS girls to attend so we can sit together during the 10:45 a.m. service and support the girls who are being baptized. We will go up on the stage to watch and cheer and clap as they come up out of the water. Then, after the church service, all girls and their families are invited to a party in the West Gym where we will celebrate. 

14 thoughts on “Let’s talk about baptism

  1. Mary

    Dear Janna,
    Will there be a recommitment ceremony at the same time as the baptism for those who have already been baptized and want to show their faith and devotion?

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  2. Mary

    Nevermind. :o) I thought it was a special ceremony during Vessels. I see now that it is a regularly scheduled FBC baptism. No need to reply to my question. My apologies.

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  3. Bosy

    I believe we’ve been told that partnes who have lost small children will have an opportunity to raise them in the millenium and they will still get to grow up. Yes, but that comes under the heading of those who are guaranteed exaltation, little children who die before the age of accountability, mentally handicapped, etc.Plus, according to another section in the D&C, the one about Alvin, those who _would have_ accepted the gospel come under that heading. Alvin gets his spouse/sealing/exaltation at some point.Plus, accoring to various passages in the Bible, BoM and D&C, those who die, even as adults, without ever hearing _any_ portion of the gospel are inheritors of at least some degree in the CK. (But details are sketchy on that one.) I’m referring to those passages that say those who die without law are judged without law. And maybe I’m not explaining all the possible situations you’re envisioning.Everyone, the good, the bad, and the ugly, gets either a live-sealing ceremony themselves in the temple (ie, has a temple rcommend, etc), or gets a proxy-sealing ceremony (if they were at least married in mortality, or are a special exception), regardless of where they go, CK-1, CK-2, CK-3, TrK, or TlK.But the fact that the ceremony/ordinance (either live married Mormon couples, or by proxy) gets performed doesn’t mean the sealing takes effect on the other side of the veil. Only CK-1 people have it take effect on the other side. That’s not the right wording, but I can’t think of how else to put it for now. Think of the D&C scriptures that say that only the ordinances that are sealed by the holy spirit of promise endure in the eternities.As I understand, all temple ordinances that we perform in mortality are conditional. Live ordinances depend on the faithfulness of the participants. Proxy ordinances depend on the acceptance of it by the spirits, but also depend on the the final judgement of those spirits. If two people we proxy-seal in marrage in the temple don’t end up going to the CK level 1, then those two people are _not_ married to each other on the other side of the veil, nor in the resurrection. Now of course they accept the gospel’ in the spirit world. Everyone accepts the gospel in the spirit world, even the TrK and TlK folks. Everyone does except the sons of perdition.In other words, no temple ordinances are binding until sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise.Therefore, the only ones who _stay_ (or are really ) sealed/together/married for time and all eternity, are the group in CK-1, the exalted bunch. CK-2 and below live singly and separately .Of course there are the special exceptions , the babies, missionaries who die on their missions, the Alvins, and the heathen as some scripture passages say. If they are guaranteed exaltation, and don’t have any sort of spouse/sealing when they die, they will still get a spouse/sealing at some point.We don’t know how the babies and the Alvins are matched up or how their sealing ceremonies will work. Like you say, it will likely be in the millennium. Will Alvin get married before his resurrection, or after his resurrection? We don’t know.However, according to D&C 132, and 135, perpetually single people like me, who die without ever being married in any earthly fashion, and assuming the person doesn’t make it to CK-1, there looks like no sealing will take place.In that latter case, firstly there is no record of an earthly marriage for a proxy-sealing to be based on. Secondly, if the person is not going to CK-1, there is no over-ride or special exception to give that person a spouse on the other side as there is with the babies/Alvins.It’s like the GA’s tell us single guys. If we don’t get married, we’re screwed. Single sisters, because there aren’t enough temple-recommend holding men to go around, have an excuse. That’s another line the GA’s have repeated over at least the last 30 years that I’ve been paying attention: worthy women who die without a spouse will not be denied any blessings in the eternities. The GA’s make no such promise to worthy single men.

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