Has "praying the prayer" become a substitute for baptism?

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptised (immersed) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:37-38

I'm wondering if there's a reason why we don't follow NT practice of baptising new believers.

We make it an optional extra they can get around to once they are mature enough.

The NT practice was to include baptism in the conversion experience. We've taken it out and substituted "praying a prayer" of commitment. In the NT there are no examples of "praying a prayer" of commitment. Instead people are challenged to be baptised immediately.

Here's what I'm thinking: instead of taking people to Romans 10:8-9 when they are ready to make a response to the gospel, why don't we take them to Acts 2:38? That verse has the added benefit of including the gift of the Spirit in the experience of conversion.

While we're on baptism, Eckhard Schnabel asks why we use the Greek term when there is a perfectly good English word — to immerse, to be immersed, immersion. That's what the Greek word means. "Baptism by immersion" is a tautology, baptism means "immersion".

Has "praying the prayer" become a substitute for baptism?

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptised (immersed) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:37-38

I'm wondering if there's a reason why we don't follow NT practice of baptising new believers.

We make it an optional extra they can get around to once they are mature enough.

The NT practice was to include baptism in the conversion experience. We've taken it out and substituted "praying a prayer" of commitment. In the NT there are no examples of "praying a prayer" of commitment. Instead people are challenged to be baptised immediately.

Here's what I'm thinking: instead of taking people to Romans 10:8-9 when they are ready to make a response to the gospel, why don't we take them to Acts 2:38? That verse has the added benefit of including the gift of the Spirit in the experience of conversion.

While we're on baptism, Eckhard Schnabel asks why we use the Greek term when there is a perfectly good English word — to immerse, to be immersed, immersion. That's what the Greek word means. "Baptism by immersion" is a tautology, baptism means "immersion".

9 Generations of Muslim background believers

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There's a new book out on reaching Muslims and starting Muslim background churches.

Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime by Mike Shipman. My copy is still on the way, but the book comes with endorsements by David Garrison and Steve Smith.

Over the last four years, Shipman and his co-workers have seen around 9,000 new believers and up to nine generations of churches planted (see the diagram above).

Visit the church planting movements website for details.

9 Generations of Muslim background believers

9GenerationsMBB.jpg

There's a new book out on reaching Muslims and starting Muslim background churches.

Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime by Mike Shipman. My copy is still on the way, but the book comes with endorsements by David Garrison and Steve Smith.

Over the last four years, Shipman and his co-workers have seen around 9,000 new believers and up to nine generations of churches planted (see the diagram above).

Visit the church planting movements website for details.

From somewhere in the South Pacific

Grant is on a short term mission trip somewhere in the South Pacific with AJ.

I'm getting updates via text.

4:00pm

Woohoo, someone I led to Jesus yesterday is a person of peace!!! Francis had his wife and child with him today and there will be a group meeting in his house from next week. Just back from being out on street and so many good stories. Next thing, generational growth.

Grant

4:57pm

We are in 4 houses beginning groups where new believers have gathered others to meet with them. Sounds like 4 households of peace.

Grant

Why does they have all the fun?