Q. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, what should we see happening in our lives and what should others see when they look at us.
A. Great Question. You have gotten ahead of me on this one. That is the very thing I'm going to be dealing with on Sunday, June 3rd. I will be examining the terms used for what the Holy Spirit does in a believer and also the visible results of that. If it's not answered to your satisfaction, then send a text question again!
Q. Is there anything in the Bible that says a woman cannot baptize other? Does one need to be an ordained minister to baptize?
A. The quick answer to both your questions is "no." The longer answer is that while there is no rule that says a woman cannot baptize, there is no example in the Bible of a woman baptizing. Does not mean it didn't happen, it is just not recorded. Are there examples of women baptizing in early church history? Not that I am aware. The Scriptures do not recognize non-male ordained leadership. So the first three centuries of the church were led by qualified men and baptism was administered by such.
Does one need to be ordained to baptize. The answer is yes and no. This varies according to church tradition. In Baptist life, generally an ordained or licensed minister can baptize. There is nothing in Scripture that prohibits a non-ordained person from baptizing another person, but it should be under the authority of a local church. We are baptized into Christ and into His body, His local and visible body. Not just randomly dunked.
Tue, May 29, 2012
by Jimmy Kinnaird