Sprinkle, pour, immerse, or all of the above?

"One Lord, one faith, one baptism,"
Ephesians 4:5

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In light of the Baptism service we are having this coming Sunday, I wanted to address this topic from a Biblical standpoint, a scriptural point of view. When we talk about baptism, different things come to mind for different people. The reason for is because some Christian groups sprinkle, some pour, yet others will immerse a person completely into the water. Some Christian groups will baptise infants, and others baptise adults. Some groups even baptise on behalf of the deceased. Others will say that baptism is not important and they do not baptise at all.

There are many different groups and many different ways and views on Baptism, but Ephesians 4:5 tells us that there are not many baptisms, but one…"one baptism".

Which baptism is the true baptism?
What did the Apostles say about baptism in their writings…the Holy Bible?


Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
-Colossians 2:12

In this verse, it calls baptism a burial. We are "
Buried with him (Jesus Christ) in baptism,…" Here we can see that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians and told them that baptism is supposed to symbolise the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In light of this verse, which baptism do you think would most represent the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Sprinkling?
Pouring?
or
Immersing?

Let's look at more verses…
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Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"
-Romans 6:4-5

The Bibles tells us that we are "buried with him by baptism" in the likeness of Christ’s death. So we can see again, in another verse that baptism is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In light of this verse, which baptism do you think would most represent the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Sprinkling?
Pouring?
or
Immersing?

Here is another verse on baptism…
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And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins."
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Matthew 3:6
Here the Bible tells us that John the Baptist baptised in the Jordan River. The Jordan river is a large body of water.

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And John also was baptizing in Ænon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized."
-John 3:23

Here the Bible says John the Baptist baptised in Ænon, "because there was much water there". Would he need "much water" if he was sprinkling or pouring? You decide, but the fact remains the Bible is clear that he needed a large body of water to do the Baptism he was doing.

In light of these verses, which baptism do you think would need to be done in a large body of water?
Sprinkling?
Pouring?
or
Immersing?

Now, lets look at Mark 1:10;
"And straightway
coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:"
-Mark 1:10

Here the Bible tells us that when Jesus Christ was baptised, He came “up out of the water”.

In light of this verse, which baptism was done if Jesus came up out of the water? It was obviously large.
Sprinkling?
Pouring?
or
Immersing?

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And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."
-Acts 8:38-39

In light of this verse, which baptism was done if Jesus came up out of the water? It was obviously large.
Sprinkling?
Pouring?
or
Immersing?

Now lets look at the definition of the word Baptism.
The greek word for baptism is “Baptiso". The word "Baptiso" literally means "to immerse", and all reputable Greek scholars agree with this fact. Even in some Roman Catholic circles, immersion was still practiced into the 18th century.

Which baptism does the Bible describe?
It should be obvious that, of the three methods of Baptism, sprinkling, pouring and immersion, the one that most represents what is described in scripture is immersion.


At An Carraig Baptist Church, we take a literal, fundamental approach to the Bible (AV 1611). We are also a local, independent body of believers, which means we are not subject to any religious hierarchy. Being "Baptist" means, we hold to the Bible based, Baptist Distinctives, that have been the hallmark of true Baptist churches through the centuries. You are welcome to join us at any of our weekly meetings, or schedule to meet for tea/coffee.


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