Home Church (Baptism)
• What is baptism?
Greek words are baptizō/baptisma, to submerge or immerse.
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Baptism here is a general word and can mean a physical (water) baptism and a spiritual baptism. Surrounding scripture and timeframe will help give context for distinction.
• Different baptisms in scripture:
1. Jewish Ritual Washings, Cf. Exodus 19:10-14; Numbers 8:5-7; Leviticus 13:6; etc.
2. Baptism of Moses, Cf. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4
3. Baptism of John, Cf. Matthew 3:6-11, Acts 19:1-5
4. Baptism of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Cf. Matthew 28:19
5. Baptism of Holy and Fire, Cf. Joel 2:23; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 16-21, 37-41; 8:12; 8:35-39; 19:1-6
6. Baptism into the Body of Christ, Cf. Romans 6:3-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:8-12
• Things to consider about corporate baptism.
Once someone is spiritual baptized—i.e. they have put their faith in the gospel and follow Jesus—physical baptism becomes an identification or testimony of that.
What can this look like with Home Churches? What are other ways to celebrate and share testimonies?