SacramentBiblical BasisCentral WordsCentral ActionsEffectsMinisters BAPTISM
In Christianity, baptism is for the majority the rite of admission (or adoption), almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also membership of a particular church tradition. Baptism has been called a sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ. In some traditions, baptism is also called christening, but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants.
Matt 28:19 - Jesus commissions the apostles: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"; John 3:22; 4:1-2 - Jesus' first disciples baptize other disciples; Acts 2:38-41; 10:47-48 - new believers are baptized "in the name of Jesus" by Peter & others; (not just Jesus' own baptism: Mark 1:9-11 & par.)"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." (the "Trinitarian Formula," from Matt 28:19)
[Note: Some Protestants baptize "in the name of Jesus"; see Acts 2 & 10)The candidate is immersed in water, or water is poured over the candidate's head.Becoming a member of the Church of Christ (Christian Initiation); also being forgiven of one's sins.Bishops, Priests, Deacons; any Christian (in case of urgent need)
Is a Christian sacrament or ordinance. It is celebrated in accordance with Jesus' instruction at the Last Supper as recorded in several books of the New Testament, which his followers do in remembrance of Him as when he gave his disciples bread, saying, “This is my body”, and gave them the cup, saying, “This is my blood”.Mark 14:22-25; Matt 26:26-30; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Cor 11:23-25 - Jesus' "Last Supper" with his disciples; John 6: 48-58 - the end of the Bread of Life discourse: "eat my flesh; drink my blood"; Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42 - Christians gather for the "Breaking of the Bread""This is my...