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The Role of Baptism in Salvation

On-Line Correspondence Course #8: Learning about God, Man, and Salvation. Be sure to visit our series of articles on God's plan of salvation and the necessity of baptism according to that plan.

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Please use your Bible to look up the following verses and answer the related questions. You can click on the verses to visit an off-site resource that provides the scripture. Questions without verses should be based on your opinion and common understanding.

The Universal Need for Salvation

  1. What does "salvation" mean to you?
  2. Do we need salvation? (Romans 3:23; I John 1:8)
    YES  NO 
  3. Through whom does man receive salvation? (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 4:12)
  4. To whom is the gospel invitation open? (Romans 1:16; Matthew 28:19)

The Command to be Baptized

  1. What were the apostles commanded to do? (Matthew 28:19)
  2. After being taught the gospel of Jesus, what did people do? (Acts 8:38; Acts 16:33)
  3. After believing, when were these people baptized? (Acts 8:38; Acts 16:33)

The Process of Baptism

  1. In what manner was the Eunuch baptized? (Acts 8:38)
  2. What did Jesus do immediately after being baptized? (Matthew 3:16)
  3. Why were they baptizing in the city of Aenon? (John 3:23)
  4. If "much water" was required, and those baptized went down into and came up out of the water, then were people immersed or sprinkled in the New Testament?
  5. What other types of water baptism, if any, are referenced in the Bible? (Acts 1:4-5)


  1. Is belief in Christ the only requirement given by God for salvation? (James 2:19)
    YES  NO 
  2. In general, what else must accompany our faith? Is faith alone sufficient? (James 2:14-26)
  3. What else does Jesus say must accompany belief in order for us to be saved? (Mark 16:15-16)
  4. What was Peter's answer to being asked "What shall we do"? (Acts 2:38)
  5. According to this same verse, what was the purpose of their baptism? (Acts 2:38)
  6. What two things happen at the time of baptism?

    a) Galatians 3:26-27
    b) Acts 2:41,47

  7. In conclusion, must we be baptized to be saved?
    YES  NO 


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