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Is baptism that important ?


Shinjitsunoken
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Hello everyone 🙂 
I know this is a question that causes a lot of debates, but I was wondering if believers absolutely need to be baptized in order to be saved and/or serve in the church ?
I grew up thinking that baptism was only an outward act to show your faith and determination to others, nothing more. But when I went to another church later on, the leaders told me I was not allowed to serve in the worship team if I was not baptized. In another church I visited, they forbid me to eat the bread during Communion because of that same reason... 

So I am little confused... I mean, sure many disciples were baptized in the New Testament, but I don't see any passage where it is emphasized that much. Besides, it is 100% external, right ? It is not as if you were a better believer through it. 


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skyblue
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I have the same question too. The thing is many people have gotten baptized. Even one of my friends told me one time that she got baptized but knowing her and her lifestyle, I’m not sure if that means anything. She’s someone you most likely cannot tell that she’s a Christian if you know what I mean....


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colorslinesandspace
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I'm not sure haha... I didn't receive a clear answer at the church I grew up in. Ultimately, I believe the Bible should be our standard of faith.


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JayQuan
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Good question! I am catholic so I was dunked in water when I was young, but I wondered why other denominations don't do it like that.


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colorslinesandspace
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haha hmm my pastor sprinkled water on my head. not sure why though


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JayQuan
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Hi! Mark 16:16 says, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

So it is definitely important. Not sure about how though, if dunking, submersion, as an infant, or if you even need water! sorry


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MJosie
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I always had that question too. I think the Bible is pretty clear about baptism being important but I feel like there must be a deeper or clear explanation through the Bible on how it should be done


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JayQuan
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@mjosie Right! I wish someone could give a clear answer


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v0ice0ftruth
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I also heard there is something call baptized with fire ><


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v0ice0ftruth
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@colorslinesandspace

Ya, I was baptized in our church's tub >< 


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karafornia
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haha honestly couldn't remember mine since I was a baby without any say on it but that is a big question I've always had since Baptism differs so much from church to church


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robinb19
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Good question to bring up! My mom and dad practice different denominations and they do baptism differently.


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MJosie
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@v0ice0ftruth Oh yeah, I've heard of fire baptism but I've never actually seen anyone practice doing it nor do I know of anyone who actually understands how that's supposed to be done 🤔 


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blessedandthankful
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I think the standard should be the Bible


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