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Water Baptism

Water Baptism ​​​By Don Krow  

Question: “I need to know if you have to be baptized to go to heaven. I love God and was baptized when I was seven years old. I am now eighteen years old, and someone from a non-denominational church told me that no one can be saved and baptized at such a young age. They also said that you have to be baptized to go to heaven, but my Baptist family said that you don’t. I just want to go to heaven. I am living for God in every way that I can, but I need to know if I must be baptized again now that I am supposedly of age to be baptized. Please help me ASAP. God bless and thanks.”

Response: Salvation and the forgiveness of sins come freely as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ. Acts 10:43 states: “All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His Name” (New International Version). Salvation comes through faith; that is, trust and reliance upon Jesus and His shed blood to give you a right standing before God. In Acts 10:44-48, the Holy Ghost was given to the believers (confirming their salvation) before they were baptized. To read the full lesson text click here.

To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section.


​1.  What is the question that this young man is asking?

2.  According to Acts 10:43, salvation comes to us how?

3.  Baptism is an expression of faith that usually takes place at the time of salvation. How does Acts 2:38 express this truth?

4.  How does Mark 16:16 express this truth?

5.  Baptism is a way of calling upon the Lord. How does Acts 22:16 express this truth? 

6.  6.  Baptism is a way to call upon the Lord for a clear conscience. Does 1 Peter 3:21 confirm this truth?

7.  What are the requirements for baptism, according to Acts 2:38?

8.  What are the requirements for baptism, according to Mark 16:16?

9.  Can an infant repent?

10.  Can an infant believe?

11.  Read Acts 10:43-48. What is the next step, after faith in Christ, that a believer should take?  


​1.  If he needs to be baptized to go to heaven.

2.  Freely, as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ.

3.  Peter said to “repent and be baptized.”

4.  Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved,” implying that it can happen at the same time.

5.  This scripture says that as a person calls upon the name of the Lord, their sins will be washed away. It appears that calling on the name of the Lord can be vocal (Luke 18:13) or through the act of baptism, as it appears to be in this scripture.

6.  Yes.

7.  Repentance.

8.  A person must believe.

9.  No.

10.  No.

11.  Water baptism.

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