Paul’s Baptism Oopsie

I think I’m going to start using this video in my ecclesiology classes to introduce our discussions on baptism. Just don’t tell my dean. He might not like it.

(Oops, I forgot to HT Unsettled Christianity)

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on May 6, 2011, in The Church and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is great. I was talking with one of my friends about this recently. He belongs to the Church of Christ, and I don’t know if it is that church’s tradition or not, but he was more along the lines of baptism is necessary for salvation, and I was trying to come from the side of “that would make salvation based on a work.” I still don’t really know what to do with it. I’m glad we finally have the real story though. 😉

    • Well, I’m glad the video helped clear things up for you! (And, yes, the basic Church of Christ position on baptism is that it is a necessary part of conversion.)

  2. One could always refer to the baptism of Christ (like the literal watery kind that John the Baptist [see Baptists were there from the beginning] administered, and the death burial resurrection that Jesus physically/spiritually achieved), and adopt a robust view of the vicarious humanity of Christ for us by the Spirit; and then understand that by virtue of our union with Christ and His “saved humanity,” that we too have “participated” in “His” baptism wherein our salvation is secured through “His” work in our stead. Just a thought 🙂 . . .

  3. Sounds like the perfect way to introduce a class discussion on baptism!!

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