XXIX. Of Baptism

1. Baptism is an Ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party Baptized, a sign of his fellowship with him, in his death, aand resurrection; of his being engrafted into him; of bremission of sins; and of his cgiving up unto God through Jesus Christ to live and walk in newness of Life.

aRom. 6:3–5; Col. 2:12; Gal. 3:27 bMark 1:4; Acts 26:16 cRom. 6:2, 4

2. Those who do actually profess arepentance towards God, faith in, and obedience, to our Lord Jesus, are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.

aMark 16:16; Acts 8:36–37

3. The outward element to be used in this ordinance ais water, wherein the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

aMatt. 28:19–20; Acts 8:38

4. Immersion, or dipping of the person ain water, is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.

aMatt. 3:16; John 3:23

Elders' Comments Regarding Article 29: Of Baptism

29 Of Baptism

29.4 “Immersion…is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.”

Perhaps better to say that “immersion is the normal means of administration of this ordinance,” allowing for medical conditions or other considerations.