Baptism into the church (salvation) --- the Holy Spirit is the baptiser This does NOT refer to a phony salvation, which has always been quite prevalent, i.e. merely an intellectual belief or conversion of one’s thinking. But this refers to being “born again (from above)” with the Holy Spirit entering the person. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body (the church) … and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) The Holy Spirit takes up residence INSIDE the believer … John 14:16-23; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:12-16. Baptism in water (symbolic demonstration of faith) --- the pastor is the baptiser Full-immersion baptism in water is symbolic, being the outward expression of inward faith. Any other type of water baptism is unscriptural and just dreamed up by man. “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4) ”… buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12) Jesus died to self, went down under the earth, was resurrected with a new incorruptible body. We are to die to self, go down under the water, come up a new man ready to live a new life. Paul said, “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:17). Scripture says we are justified by faith alone, not by works (Romans 4:1-8, Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism with the Holy Spirit (power for ministry) --- Jesus is the baptiser John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit … Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33. The baptism with the Holy Spirit comes after being born again (or at the same time). 7 verses say that for this baptism the Holy Spirit comes UPON the believer. “… the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ ” (Acts 11:15-16) 14 Scripture passages directly LINK the following gifts and events with this baptism: the promise, the gift, upon, laying on of hands, filled with the Holy Spirit, received the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, power, boldness, miracles. I have a chart showing how they are obviously linked together in the 14 Scriptures. Baptism with fire (extreme suffering for the gospel’s sake) --- Jesus is the baptiser John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus is the One who baptizes with fire. “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16) Jesus asks His 12 disciples if they are able and willing to be martyrs also … “Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? … You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with …” (Matthew 20:22-23, Mark 10:38-39) All of the baptisms are glorious blessings, even the baptism with fire: “Blessed are those who are persected for rightousness sake” (Matthew 5:10). .