People often disagree (and sometimes argue) about the affect of water baptism in a person's life. One side believes baptism happens only after "regeneration" takes place. Others, obviously, would disagree. In my tradition, baptism is seen as part of the salvation process - so much so that often times Restoration churches are accused of water regeneration.
The label water regenerationist makes me squirm. In other words, I don't believe there's anything in the water that is magical that will save an individual. However, making Jesus Lord/master of one's life includes adhering to his examples and commands. It's for this reason, I believe water baptism to be important. One other thing about water baptism: Is it strictly for an individual or is there some impact on the community?
If a person is convicted of his/her need for Christ as savior, doesn't it make sense that the person be obedient to what Scripture teaches?
Thoughts about these questions? Or any questions yourself?
prayer for Pentecost
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