5 Theological Meanings of Baptism


Baptism was never meant to be a landing place for Christian disciples. Instead, it serves as a launching pad for the fullness of Christian life. Listen in on Dr. Dean Blevins as he suggests five themes, or theological motifs, that baptism carries for Christians.

1. Baptism signifies cleansing and healing.
2. Baptism initiates us into the family of God.
3. Baptism sanctifies and illuminates.
4. Baptism signifies death and resurrection.
5. Baptism points to new creation.

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Dr. Dean Blevins serves as Professor of Christian Formation and Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is an author, senior editor of Didache: Faithful Teaching, and USA/Canada Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene.