Does the Bible say people are to be baptized because they are already saved, or because they still need to be saved?

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."

Acts 2:37-38 "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Acts 22:16 Ananias says to Saul, "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

Romans 6:1-11 "…How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

I Peter 3:21 "There is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,"

If these verses are different than what you have been taught and if you would like to study more of what the Bible actually says, call Lee at 221-8553 or Cary at 867-8224. Remember the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who searched the scriptures daily to make sure the things being taught were from God.

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