In my "Early Church and Its Creeds" class yesterday, our topic of discussion centered upon baptism; and after looking at all the major biblical passages concerning baptism, my professor, Dr. Christianson (whom most of you would love) made a comment that bears further thought. He said:
"Whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation, it is necessary for the assurance of salvation."
""I charge you, in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead...preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching." - 2 Timothy 4:1-2