We received 189 responses to this survey. Below are a few select questions with biblical explanations. For the full survey click here

Comment: Overwhelmingly, participants viewed baptism as immersion as opposed to sprinkling. Arguments for water baptism, which method to use, and at what age are strongly based in tradition, culture and history. Some will use several verses in the book of Acts to support their position. A nice summary can be found in in Charles Ryrie’s book, Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth.

Comment: In the Epistles (Romans to Revelation 3) baptism refers to regeneration, just as many survey participants noted. It happens at salvation by the Holy Spirit. Regeneration identifies us with the death and life (resurrection) of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our new life is the basis of our salvation and eternal security (Romans 6:1-12, Colossians 2:10-13, Ephesians 2:4-7).

Comment: Accordingly, scripture does not teach that we “make” God the Lord of our life to prove our salvation. We do not have that capacity!  Salvation is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:19-26). Jesus is our Lord because of regeneration and because He has created each believer as a new person, able to be obedient! Salvation is secure (1 Peter 1:4-5, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:28-35). We obey Him as our Lord by the power of His Holy Spirit by whom we have been regenerated into a new person.