When a Christian shares the gospel with others, the Biblical pattern to become a Christian is completed with baptism in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Peter 3:21). There are some who question the necessity of baptism. When pressed about the Biblical necessity to being baptized, some often turn to the thief on the cross.
The common argument is that the thief on the cross did not have to be baptized. If he didn’t have to be baptized, then why do we? If one person can be in Paradise without baptism, are those who preach baptism as necessary making the gospel “too difficult” for others to follow? This podcast episode offers three Biblical points to help clarify the narrative of the thief on the cross, his crucifixion conversion, and the gospel pattern of salvation.
PSB has a new workbook available! "Let's Talk About Jesus" is a 30 lesson workbook with passages from all four gospel books. The target audience is English Language Learners and children. If you have a coworker or neighbor struggles with English, or if you have children that you want to study the gospel with, consider this resource as an opportunity for personal or family ministry.
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