Christ has given to his church two ordinances to be continually practiced by his people in the church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In some cases, these ordinances have become traditions, rites, and ceremonial practices that we might have forgotten the reason why we do them.
In this first post, I will share three positive reasons to answer the question, why do Baptists baptize? For these three reasons, I want to discuss how baptism should be done, who should get baptized, and what baptism is. These will address the mode, subjects, and meaning of baptism for Baptists.
1. Because Baptism Means Immersion
This first reason gets at the mode of baptism; that is how we baptize. Why do we baptize the way that we baptize?
In the Gospels, we can look at the baptisms performed by John the Baptist...