Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
- Before baptism they taught the basic facts of the Gospel centering on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- They related these facts to the act of baptism.
- They verified understanding, repentance, and confession of faith in the new believer, then baptism in water followed.
- After baptism the new believers received further instruction for spiritual development.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
The effect of water baptism depends on the repentance and faith of the one being baptized. Without this, baptism is of no value. True baptism means we are baptized into Jesus Himself, not into a particular church or denomination: