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Going Under: Discussions on Baptism | Jim Elliff

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This book is a good discussion starter for the subject of baptism, and would be especially useful to any Baptist wanting to think through the issue, or even as part of a new converts' class in a church. We hope that the low price encourages churches to pick up as many copies as possible. We truly want to see these books spread wide.

Jim Elliff says: "My hope is that this little book informs both believers and non-believers about the first act of Christian obedience. Not only will those awaiting baptism find it instructive, but mature believers will also be trained by it, and will find it a helpful tool to distribute. Many think they are true Christians merely because they were sprinkled as a baby, or were taught that baptism was essential for their salvation. They could be helped by this book. It has been my experience that believers also understand far too little about this vital subject. To my knowledge, I've never spoken on the subject of baptism without having the privilege of baptizing some who've heard those truths. We must say more about it. I hope Going Under becomes an important tool for you both to gain understanding and to get this truth out to others."

Though baptism does not in itself save, it does shout out our identity with Christ. When that public declaration is made, many pay a huge price. It is not just a meaningless ritual, or merely a duty; it is a privilege of the highest sort. (from the introduction)

In five colorful dialogues, Jim Elliff gives biblical insight into the following issues concerning baptism:
Recipient: Baby or Believer
Method: Sprinkle or Immerse?
Purpose: Symbolize or Save?
Origin: Refashioned or New?
Authority: Anyone or a Church?

Two helpful supplements are also included. the first lays out principles for understanding why baptism does not save or complete the salvation transaction. The second provides intriguing and revealing historical quotes about baptism from leaders of all ages and backgrounds.

Going Under is an instructive and readable explanation of baptism for those who need to be baptized, as well as an informative biblical study for all believers concerning this first act of Christian obedience.

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