How must Baptism be conducted? Full Immersion is necessary
The word baptism comes from the Greek word “baptisma” or “baptizo”, which means to fully immerse or dip in. This suggests that when baptism is conducted, one must be fully immersed into water.
Jesus’ Instructions on Baptism
We have clear instructions in the Bible as to how baptism must be conducted. Many today have misunderstood Jesus’ instructions on baptism. In Matthew 28:18-19 we read “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Baptism must be carried out “In the name of Jesus”
The titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost describe who God is, which we must acknowledge. He is the Father (the creator, the beginning of all things). He is the Son (God manifest in the flesh as Jesus to redeem us from sin (1 Timothy 3:16) He is the Holy Spirit (The comforter in those who believe, who will teach them all things (John 14:26). However, his name for this dispensation of time is “Jesus.” The name Jesus means saviour and everything should be done in the name of Jesus. The name Jesus carries authority, power and the healing/cleansing/saving blood (Acts 4:10-12) because it has been exalted above every other name and above all the heavens. (Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 1:21-23, Philippians 2:9-11).
Baptism therefore must be carried out proclaiming the words “In the name of Jesus”, just as the early church conducted it.
Once you have been baptised , you must then begin step-by- step, day- by-day, to develop a holy life toward Christ and others.
Baby Christening is not Baptism
Sprinkling water over babies is not baptism (as some secular dictionaries state), because full immersion is not involved. This method of baby baptism is not commanded in the bible. Baptism is to be conducted on someone who by choice has surrendered his/her life and will over to Jesus Christ. A baby cannot make such a decision, and therefore should not be baptized. Christenings are nowhere located in the Bible as a ceremony that God acknowledges. We can read of babies being blessed or dedicated to God in Matthew 19:13-15, 1 Samuel 1.