God’s Word teaches us a doctrine called “believer’s baptism” which means that: God has only designed baptism to be applied to believers. Believer’s Baptism started when Jesus Christ said that the way that people were to declare God’s ownership of their lives after they were saved, was when they were baptized in His Name. Jesus included this baptism of believers into the plan for the church.
CHRIST JESUS LEFT THE PLAN FOR HIS CHURCH
When Jesus left the disciples with the plan they were to follow, it was simple:
Go, evangelize, baptize & train.
That is the Great Commission. That is God’s plan for Christ’s Church. Stated twice (Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:16); and illustrated in Acts nine times, it is what God expects us in Christ’s Church to be doing.
Our job is to make disciples; and our motivation is to do that (and everything else), for the glory of God. A simple reading of the commission of Christ and the record of the response of His disciples, and the early church, would lead us to conclude that:
BAPTISM WAS PART OF THE PLAN
Baptism for the New Testament Church had its origin in the command of Christ to make disciples and baptize them (Matt. 28:19). There was a particular order established in what Christ said: first people became disciples, then those disciples were baptized, and then they were taught.
Please stand with me, and listen to the clear and simple plan God the Son, our Savior Jesus Christ left for each of us:
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
So we could simply map the plan Christ left in these four actions:
That means then that according to God’s Word, and from the record, we have in Church History:
BAPTISM WAS EXPECTED IN THE 1ST CENTURY!