7.7 Baptism is one of the two New Testament ordinances (sometimes called sacraments). It is the formal expression of a believer’s entry into a saving relationship with God through Christ (Acts 2:38–411 Peter 3:21), and as such is a visible word: from the side of the person baptised, baptism is a visi­ble and decisive expression of his or her repentance and faith in Christ (Acts 2:38–41Romans 6:3–4); from God’s side, baptism is a sign of the baptised person’s union with Christ and remission of sins (Romans 6:3–4Hebrews 10:22). It follows, therefore, that the only proper subjects of baptism are those who profess repentance and faith in Christ (Matthew 28:19–20Acts 2:37–418:12–1336–389:1810:47–4811:1615:916:14–1531–3418:819:3–522:16Romans 6:3–4Galatians 3:27Colossians 2:121 Peter 3:21). The due administration of this ordinance involves immersion in water.

Article 7.7

This is an extract from Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni‘s Confession of Faith. While our members must affirm the Statement of Belief our elders must, in addition, affirm the Confession of Faith. The document represents: the sound doctrine we teach, a unity between us on key aspects of the Christian faith, sets a clear expectation to our members and represents the leadership’s hopes for the congregation as a whole. This Confession is held by elders of member churches of Sola 5. Sola 5 is an association of God-centred evangelicals in Southern Africa currently with member churches in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

More about Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni’s Confession of Faith here: https://tinyurl.com/yb57w8o9.