I have been thinking about the practice of Baptism within the church and the various denominational practices of it. I currently fellowship with a Baptist Church and am enjoying it very much and will soon become a member. The minister in asking me about becoming a member, asked me if I had been baptised…I grinned and laughingly said; twice…as an infant and then later on as an adult in a muddy dam.
This passage stood out to me this morning in my daily readings.
1Co 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
1Co 1:15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name.
1Co 1:16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
1Co 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. esv
It’s clear that Paul did sometimes baptise people; it’s also clear that he thought it had nothing to do with the preaching of the Gospel. If it has nothing to do with the preaching of the Gospel; it seems that for Paul, there is no connection between salvation and baptism.
Perhaps baptism is more of a sign of belonging to a local church and in of itself is not part part of the salvific event itself… though church participation is an ongoing part of the salvation journey.