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In Acts 2:38 Peter told a crowd of people, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The question we will consider today is this: Was Peter telling the people to be baptized in order to be forgiven or was he telling them to be baptized because they were already forgiven?

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The apostle Paul wrote quite a bit about baptism in his letters, but his letters weren’t written to non-Christians needing to be persuaded to be baptized. His letters were written to Christians, people who had already been baptized. So why would Paul teach already baptized people about baptism? He was admonishing them to live out their baptisms, or the implications of their baptism, in their daily life. What does that mean and how do we “live out” our baptism? Here are a few thoughts to consider.

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Wes was recently invited to join Presbyterian minister, Randy Booth on the Moody Radio program, “Up For Debate” to discuss the issue of infant baptism. So in this episode of the CrossTalk podcast, Wes, Sam, and James discussed some of the points of that debate. The discussion of debating baptism led to a more in-depth discussion about disagreements in general. How ought we to disagree with one another? What ought to be the goal of our disagreements? Those are some of things we covered in this discussion and we hope it proves edifying to you.

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I previously wrote an article on why it’s not biblical to baptize an infant. Because of that article, I was invited to join Presbyterian minister, Randy Booth on the Moody Radio program, Up For Debate to discuss the issue of infant baptism. After accepting this invitation, I took some time to educate myself about Booth’s position. I was actually surprised to learn I was mistaken in my assumptions about why many denominations baptize infants.

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I believe we often baptize people before they’ve been properly taught. But then again, it’s often hard to determine what a person should know before they are baptized. Since baptism is only the beginning point, it is only necessary those who are baptized have a basic understanding of Christian theology, doctrine, and practice. But what exactly constitutes a “basic understanding”? What do people need to know before being baptized? I’m certain I can’t give an exhaustive answer to that question, but perhaps this post will help you as you think through this question.

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When the Bible talks about baptism, it almost always talks about it in connection with forgiveness, salvation, and the washing away of sins. But this confuses many people, because the Bible clearly teaches that man is saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8). So what, if anything, does baptism have to do with salvation? Let’s see what the Bible really teaches.

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Welcome to Radically Christian Q&A, the two-minute show where we answer your tough Bible questions with honest Bible answers. This show is brought to you by RadicallyChristian.com and Baker Heights church of Christ. Our question today is, “Does a person have to be baptized to be saved? Or is a person baptized because he or she is already saved?”

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I cringe when I hear people talk about whether or not we are saved like the criminal, or the thief, on the cross. As you probably know, there were two men crucified beside Jesus. To one of the men, Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Many have tried to use this as an argument against the necessity of baptism. But as ridiculous as that argument is, sometimes the counter-arguments seem to me just as ridiculous. There is a sense in which our salvation is much like the thief’s salvation and a sense in which it is gloriously different.

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We talk a lot about baptism. And with good reason, baptism is the moment at which a repentant believer’s sins are washed away by the blood of Christ (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:1-7; 1 Peter 3:21). But, often we fail to help people understand that being baptized is more than just being forgiven. Being baptized means accepting Christ’s invitation into a very radical lifestyle – the lifestyle of a disciple.

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1 Peter 3:21 says, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (ESV). But, does that mean what it seems to mean? Does baptism really “save you”? I hope this video will help you to have a little bit better understanding about baptism.

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Wes McAdams