baptize in the name of jesus christ
Yahweh's House of God Oakland California

Baptism is a fundamental tenet of the Gospel and vital in teaching that salvation is only by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12; Heb. 6:1 & 2) The cursory step of salvation and entrance into the body of Christ is baptism. (Rom. 6:3; 1Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27) Baptism in the name of Jesus is an affirmation of our belief that he is the Messiah. (Mar. 16:15 & 16; Acts 18:8) We believe it is important to invoke the name of Jesus orally when we baptize. This oral proclamation identifies Jesus as our Savoir, thus, leaving no room to question as to what or whom we have pledged our allegiances. (1Cor. 1:13) Notice that the disciples baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:38; 8:12, 16; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16) Our commitment is to Jesus and the teachings and examples of his Apostles and none other. The only name you will find in the Bible being used by the disciples when baptizing is the name of Jesus, thus, we baptize and teach others to baptize in the name of Jesus.

Note: God has highly exalted Jesus and placed his name above all other names. (Phil. 2:9-11) However, the name Jesus alone has no intrinsic value or power in and of itself. There are many Jesuses in Biblical writings these should not to be confused with Jesus who is our Messiah. Though others have this same name the power and exaltation is to the Son of God whom we call Jesus. It is important to note that we chose in our discussion of baptism to use the name Jesus rather then Yeshua the original Aramaic proper name for Jesus. The use of Jesus should in no wise be misconstrued as an elevation of the name Jesus above the name Yeshua. We believe that both names are valid and show no hesitancy to use both freely and without bias and teach others to do the same.