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Baptismal Vows

Baptismal Vows

1. Do you accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and do you take it as your rule of faith and practice? 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Acts 20:32

2. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, and is the Saviour of mankind? Do you accept that Jesus took upon Himself our fallen nature, yet never partook of our sin? Have you accepted Him as your personal Saviour for salvation from sin which He offers through His grace? Will you invite Him every day to dwell in your heart through the Holy Spirit? John 1:12-13; Galatians 2:20.

3. Have you repented of and confessed all known sin to God; and do you believe that He, for Christís sake, has forgiven you; and as far as possible, have you made reconciliation with those whom you have wronged or with those who have wronged you? 1 John 1:9, Matthew 5:23-26, Ezekiel 33:15.

4. Is it your purpose through the power of the indwelling Christ, to live surrendered to God, through which you will do His will in all things, and to keep all the commandments of God? Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:17, Revelation 14:12, Revelation 12:17, Revelation 22:14.

5. Will you daily maintain a close communion with God by personal worship in prayer and the study of Godís Word, and also provide and support family worship morning and evening in your home? Daniel 6:10, 1 Timothy 2:1, 2 Timothy 2:15.

6. Do you recognize your responsibility to share the everlasting gospel with others? Do you commit your life in witness and in example to, as far as possible, lead men and women to surrender their lives to Christ? Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15.

7. Do you believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ; that His coming will be personal, visible, and accompanied by the heavenly angels? Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, John 14:1-3.

8. Do you accept that man is mortal and that he is in an unconscious state, referred to as sleep, in death? Do you reject the false doctrine of eternal burning torment? Do you believe that at the second coming of Jesus the faithful of all ages will be raised and will be caught up with the living redeemed saints to meet the Lord in the air at which time man will receive immortality? Daniel 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55.

9. Do you believe the great message of Christ our Righteousness? Do you believe that we are justified and sanctified only through His sacrifice and High Priestly ministry for us? Romans 5:1-9, Acts 26:18, Ephesians 5:25-27, Hebrews 13:12, Hebrews 10:10, Jeremiah 23:6.

10. Recognizing obedience is the fruit of Christ-given sanctification, do you believe that all the commandments are a transcript of His character, and the keeping of these commandments, through the power of the indwelling of Christ, is the condition of the salvation of the saints? Revelation 22:14, Revelation 14:12, Revelation 12:17, Jude 24, 1 Corinthians 10:13.

11. Do you believe that the seventh day of the week is Godís holy, sacred Sabbath day; a day of rest from all secular pursuits and of special worship to God? Do you recognize that this Sabbath begins at sundown Friday and that every preparation should be made to begin Sabbath with a welcoming worship, and that it concludes sundown Saturday with a worship of thankfulness? Luke 23:56, Exodus 20:8-11.

12. Do you recognize that the Sabbath is the Seal of God, and that Sunday worship is the pagan counterfeit described by the Bible as the mark of the Beast? Exodus 31:13, Ezekiel 20:12, 20, Revelation 13:16, Revelation 14:1, Revelation 14:9-10.

13. Do you recognize that the papacy is the great antichrist of Biblical prophecy, that it was the great persecuting power of the middle ages, and will again be the great persecuting power of Godís saints at the end of time; that it is the papacy that has changed the Sabbath and allowed many pagan errors to come into the Christian Church? John 4:2-3, Daniel 7:25, Revelation 13:1-8.

14. Do you practice the Bible plan for the support of Godís work, by rendering unto Him the titheóone-tenth of all your increaseóand sacrificial offerings as you may be able according to how the Lord has prospered you? Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:8-10, Deuteronomy 16:17, Luke 6:38.

15. Is it your purpose to obey the command to eat and drink to the glory of God by abstaining from all intoxicating liquors, tobacco in its forms, all unclean meats, narcotics, tea, coffee, cola drinks, and other harmful substances? 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Proverbs 23:29-30, Isaiah 66:15, 17.

16. Are you committed to following the Bible principle of modesty and simplicity in dress, refraining from the wearing of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, beads, rings and any form of adornment that draws attention to oneself, so that your influence might reflect the inner adornment of a life that will attract men and women to Jesus? Will you determine to refrain from any lack of dress or style of dress that is out of keeping with the Bible rule of modesty? 1 Timothy 2:9-10, 1 Peter 3:3-4, Exodus 33:5-6, Genesis 35:2-4, Deuteronomy 22:5.

17. Recognizing the seriousness of the call of Christ upon your life and service, is it your purpose to refrain from all worldly amusements and sinful practices such as dancing, card playing, theatre-attending, novel- reading, sports, the watching of unprofitable television programs, and by shunning all other questionable worldly amusements? 1 John 2:15, James 1:27, James 4:4.

18. Do you believe that Christ is now our ministering, heavenly High Priest, and that in 1844 he began the investigative judgment in the second apartment of the heavenly sanctuary? Do you believe that it is here that Christ makes the final atonement for our sins, and where our sins are blotted out if confessed and forsaken? Daniel 8:14, Daniel 7:9-14, Daniel 7:25-27, Revelation 14:6-7, Leviticus 16.

19. Do you believe that the closing gospel message is now going to the world, and that under the power of the latter rain, those who have been truly sanctified by Jesus will give the loud cry, calling men and women out of Babylon and into Godís remnant church? Joel 2:28, Hosea 10:12.

20. Do you believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the remnant Church of Biblical prophecy? It is identified by the keeping of the commandments of God and having the Spirit of Prophecy. In these later days the Spirit of Prophecy has been especially manifested to the church through the writings of Sister Ellen G. White? Isaiah 56:8, Romans 9:27.

21. Do you believe in and have you accepted the ordinances of humility and the ordinances of the Lordís Supper, symbolizing the commitment of your whole life to Jesus, and of your death to the old life of sin, and commitment to walking in the footsteps of Jesus? John 13:10-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-33.

22. Do you believe that conversion is the new birth experience, and that unless you are born of water (forgiven and justified) and of the Spirit (cleansed and sanctified) you cannot enter into the kingdom of God? John 3:3-5, 1 Peter 1:22-23.

23. Do you believe in baptism by immersion, and is it your desire by publicly being baptized, to manifest your faith and acceptance of the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ? Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:3-5.