The Quaker Distinctives: Baptism and the Holy Spirit

From the Children’s Message:

“Each part of the body is necessary and useful. So are you.”

“We are all baked together in God’s love.”

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-17, John 4:1-26

Sermon Audio

Quakers believe in a true baptism — a baptism of the spirit, a renewing of our mind and heart by the Holy Spirit.

Quakers do not deny the belief or necessity of baptism; however, we do not see a necessity for physical baptism with water. What is required is a baptism of the Spirit.

Baptismo – spiritual/ritual cleansing

Baptism should be an outward expression of an inward reality.

Water baptism does not equal necessity/requirement.

What we do on earth means nothing without the inward sanctification of our spirits. Jesus Himself did not baptize people; his disciples did. He didn’t believe it to be a requirement.

Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink, as he might any other person. He offered her life and salvation, just as he does every other person.

The physical world is not necessary for our salvation.

Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that where you are does not matter. That you love and serve and worship God in spirit and true faith, that is what matters.


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