Many of the passages in the Holy Scriptures are misunderstood and misrepresented. Baptism is not the least of them. It's a controversial subject, and while many people will accept and receive what the Bible says about other subjects, it is not so with Baptism.

I list below 10 requirements of Bible Baptism and I plead with you to examine each point seriously and see if your baptism meets these "10 Commandments." First, please know that (1) Baptism is a command from God (Matt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15-16; John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38). As a command from God, all those worshipping God should obey. (2) Its purpose is to save by washing away SINS and making us new creatures. (Acts 2:38, 22:16; 2 Cor. 5:17.)

Now, Bible Baptism requires:

1. Water -- Hebrews 10:22; Acts 10:47-48. There is no need for soap, sponge, wash cloth, etc.

2. Much Water -- John 3:22-23. Enough to cover your whole body.

3. Going Unto the Water -- Mark 1:5; Acts 8:38. Go to where water can be found.

4. Going Down Into the Water -- Acts 8:38; 1 Cor. 10:1-2. Get into the water so you can get covered.

5. Coming Up Out Of The Water -- Acts 8:39; Mark 1:9-10.

6. Form of Birth -- John 3:3-5. Into the water then out.

7. Burial -- Romans 6.4; Colossians 2.12. As a symbolic form of burying a dead body.

8. Resurrection -- Romans 6.5; Colossians 2.12. Resurrection from being buried in baptism.

9. A Willing Subject -- Acts 8.36; Mark 16.16. That person to be baptized must be old enough to know why and be willing to be baptized.

10. Human Administrator -- Matthew 28.19; Acts 8.12-13. Someone (a human being) should perform the baptism.

Some ask, "So do you mean all those baptized by immersion will be saved?" Allow the Bible to answer! Really the best question to ask Is "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" On the day of Pentecost, when the people (who needed salvation for their souls), asked Peter (who had the right answer) what must they do in order to be saved in Acts 2.37, Peter told them to repent and be baptized! (Acts 2.38.) You see, the act of saving is with the Lord. Our business is to obey Him in regard to baptism.

Paul says there is only one method of baptism in Ephesians 4.5, and as our Master Jesus was baptized by immersion (Matthew 3.13-17), and that method is also taught in the Holy Scriptures (Acts 8.38-39), then we must do just that. Anything other than this does not fulfill the requirements of scriptural baptism. If your baptism is wrong -- not authorized by the Bible -- you can still do it correctly. (See Acts 19.1-7.) Let's go back to the Bible baptism of Immersion after Hearing and Believing God's Word, Repentance and Confession.

If you need further help on your baptism contact the Church of Christ In your community.