(Ac 8:36-38) “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

We believe baptism is the complete immersion in a body of water of a professed believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and its purposes are to portray a symbolic picture of His death, burial, and resurrection and to identify the believer with the person, salvation, and church of Jesus Christ

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”(Ro 6:3-6)

Baptism is to be administered under the authority of the local church

Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is the first step of obedience for a new believer and evidence of his clear conscience toward God

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” (1Pe 3:21)

Baptism is the door to church membership and is the basis for unity in the church (the body of Christ)

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Ac 2:41)

Immersion that is not administered under proper church authority, does not follow the obvious example of complete immersion, or does not accurately identify Scripturally with the person, salvation, and church of Jesus Christ, is not authentic baptism and is not acceptable for membership in a Baptist church

We do not know of any other baptism, besides Baptist baptism, that meets the Biblical standards to qualify as Scriptural baptism

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