What Must I Do To Be Saved? [video]

(What Must I Do To Be Saved?) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson. Video Lesson.

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Can I Baptize Someone?

(Can I Baptize Someone?) Bible Question.

Question:

“I was told by my minister (from the Church of Christ) that I could baptize someone into Christ, even though I am not a minister in the church. Is this so?”

Answer:

We have a variety of people baptizing people in the New Testament.

Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. – Matthew 3:4 – 6 (New American Standard Bible)

John the baptizer was known for immersing people.

Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), – John 4:1, 2

During His ministry Jesus taught baptism, but He did not do the baptizing, His disciples did. In Acts, we see a variety of people doing the baptizing.

And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. – Acts 8:28

Beyond these facts, little is told to us about who should do the baptizing. The New Testament does not contain a chapter that defines who can and who cannot. We learn those things from the various passages that describe baptism and teach us about immersion. As such no rule exists that says the only person who can baptize is a minister.

To answer your question directly: Yes, you can baptize people as a servant of Jesus Christ, just as His first century disciples baptized people as servants of the Lord.

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Slain In The Spirit?

(Slain In The Spirit?) Bible Question.

Question:

“I am confused. Some churches practice laying on hands followed by the recipient being slain in the spirit and falling backwards. Is this Biblical?”

Answer:

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 (New American Standard Bible)

Being “slain in the spirit” has no Biblical support. People who received the Holy Spirit did so by being born again. Everyone who is baptized into the name of Jesus receives both forgiveness and the Holy Spirit.

Others received the miraculous powers of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:17). In none of these events was anyone ever overwhelmed and knocked down by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In fact, when people received the power of the Holy Spirit they would not need to recover, but would begin using the gift immediately. The idea of being “slain in the spirit” is not from the Bible.

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Laying On Hands To Receive the Spirit

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