Before the Interview

Before an interview is held the candidate should, if possible, be known to the local brethren and seen to be trying to “bring forth fruits meet for repentance.”  The candidate should already be reading the Bible daily and praying. Evidence of their acceptance of Truth will be seen in their forsaking the church, and worldly ways and entertainment, otherwise baptism can be refused, Matthew 3:8.  During tutoring the candidate should also have been taken through the Statement of Faith including the doctrines to be rejected.

The Interview

The purpose of the interview is to make sure that candidates fully understand what they are taking on and have sufficient knowledge of the Truth to make baptism valid.  Some allowance may be made for the differing background and abilities of candidates, but a knowledge, understanding and belief of the basic doctrines is vital.  This will require young people to have a reasonable level of maturity before baptism.

Opportunity should be given for candidates to make their own confession of faith, and they should be encouraged to do so.  Sometimes a candidate will feel compelled to do this as a public witness anyway.

The interview should be conducted by at least two mature brethren. Local brethren, where appropriate, should be involved in the examination.   When there is more than one candidate they must be interviewed separately to establish their own understanding of the Truth.  Candidates should be encouraged to use their Bible during the interview, and to support the basic doctrines with quotations.

If the interview is satisfactory there should be no undue delay before the baptism though local brethren should be notified in advance and ,if possible, involved in the baptism.  If a candidate is not ready for baptism then they will need to be encouraged and arrangements made to continue their instruction.

The Baptism

The following words are recommended for the Baptism.  “Do you —— —— believe the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ?”  “I do.”  “Then upon this public confession of your faith, you are baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, for the remission of your sins.”

Topics for Consideration in the Interview

The following topics, arising naturally when reading the Bible from the beginning, are suggested as a guide.  It is not intended that applicants should learn set answers to these topics, or that they will be able to answer every point, but they should be aware of the issues involved.

Baptism

  • Why does the candidate wish to be baptised?  Stress repentance and obedience to God’s command.  Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38-48, 3:19, Hebrews 5:9, 1 Peter 3:21.
  • Baptism involves complete immersion.  John 3:23, Acts 8:38, Colossians 2:12.
  • What Jesus said about his own baptism.  Matthew 3:15, Isaiah 40:6-8.
  • The significance of baptism.  Romans 6:3-14, Galatians 3:27.
  • The need for forgiveness of sins.  Acts 3:19, 22:16.
  • The importance of belief in and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Mark 16:16, John 3:16, Acts 8:36-37, Hebrews 11:6, James 2:14-26.
  • Baptism brings us into covenant relationship with God, relating us to the hope of Israel, Ephesians 2:12-13, Acts 28:20.

The Bible

  • The 66 books of the Bible are inspired by God.  There are no other inspired books or writings.   2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Revelation 22:18-19.
  • Evidence for the truth of the Bible, e.g. prophecy.  Jeremiah 23:5-8, Zechariah 8:7-8.

God

  • God dwells in Heaven.  Isaiah 66:1, Isaiah 11:4, Acts 7:48-49
  • The creator of the world and sustainer of life.  Genesis 1:1, Acts 17:28.
  • His nature and character.  1 Timothy 6:15-16, Exodus 34:6-7, Romans 11:22, James 3:9.
  • His unity.  Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Corinthians 8:6.
  • His purpose.  Numbers 14:21, Habakkuk 2:14, John 6:39-40.
  • Rejection of idolatry and image worship.  Exodus 20:3-6, 1 Corinthians 10:14.
  • Rejection of the trinity.  1 Corinthians 8:5-6, 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:5.
  • The importance of belief in God.  John 17:3, Hebrews 11:6.

Angels

  • Immortal and therefore cannot sin.  Luke 20:34-36, Romans 6:23.
  • God’s ministers to the believers.  Hebrews 1:14, Psalm 34:7.

Holy Spirit

  • The power of God used in creation and enabling God to be everywhere present. Genesis 1:2-3, Psalm 139:7-8.
  • Used for the conception of Jesus, to inspire the writers of the Scriptures and to enable prophets and apostles to work miracles.  Luke 1:35, 2 Timothy 3:16.
  • Believers today do not possess the miraculous spirit gifts given in the first century.
1 Corinthians 13:10, Ephesians 4:11-13.
  • God’s spirit is used in three different ways, as a state of mind, the gift of inspiration and in sustaining life. Psalm 51:10-12

Creation

  • The order of creation and length of the days.  Exodus 31:17
  • The error of evolution.  Romans 1:22-25

Sabbath

  • Sabbath law is not required to be kept today.  Colossians 2:16-17
  • The disciples met to break bread on the first day of the week not the Sabbath. Acts 20:7
  • The Sabbath will be fulfilled in the kingdom.  Hebrews 4:8-9

The Formation of Man

  • In the image of God of the dust of the ground. Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7
  • Before the fall man was capable of death but not subject to death. Genesis 1:31
  • A living soul is not an immortal soul.  Ezekiel 18:4,20

The Formation of Woman

  • Out of the man.  Genesis 2:18-23
  • Marriage is for life; God hates divorce.  Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5-6, Malachi 2:16
  • Marriage is to be “only in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 7:39

The Serpent

  • An animal not a supernatural being.  Genesis 3:1, 2 Corinthians 11:3
  • The serpent’s lie similar to the church doctrine of an immortal soul.  Genesis 3:4-5

Sin and It’s Consequence

  • The law of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Genesis 2:16-17
  • The three forms of temptation.  Genesis 3:6, 1 John 2:16
  • Death the wages of sin. Genesis 2:17, 3:16-19, Romans 5:12, 6:23, James 1:13-15.
  • As a result of Adam’s sin he, and his descendants are mortal, i.e. they suffer sickness and pain, are tempted and have a nature prone to sin, and grow old and die. Romans 5:12, Romans 8:3.
  • Hell is the grave.  Acts 2:30-31, Matthew 5:22, Revelation 20:14.
  • What death is like. Ecclesiastes 9:5-6,10
  • We cannot cover our own sin.  Only God can provide a covering.  Genesis 3:7,21, John 1:29
  • Exclusion from the garden.  Genesis 3:22-24

Devil and Satan

  • Devil is a false accuser at enmity with the ways of God, and symbolises sin.  Titus 2:3, Acts 13:10, Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3;8.
  • Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the devil lives in hell.
  • The devil is not a fallen angel or supernatural being.  Isaiah 14:4,12-16
  • Satan means an adversary, sometimes good but usually bad.  Numbers 22:22, Matthew 16:23, 1 Timothy 5:14-15
  • Sin comes from the wicked heart of man; we are responsible for our own sins.  James 1:14-15, Mark 7:21, Ezekiel 18:20
  • The need for repentance and confession.  Acts 2:38, Matthew 3:6
  • Demons (or devils) are non-existant false gods, e.g. idols, and sicknesses.  Leviticus 17:7, Deuteronomy 32:16-17, Matthew 9:32, 1 Corinthians 10:19-22

Promise in Eden

  • The woman’s seed would destroy sin, conquer death and bring life. Genesis 3:15, Heb. 2:14
  • The sentence upon the woman and the man.  Genesis 3:16-19
  • Salvation is through Jesus Christ.  Acts 14:12, Romans 3:23-24
  • Justification is by faith and forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ by God’s grace.  We cannot be saved by our own works.  Genesis 3:7, Romans 3:20-23,         Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus Christ, the seed of the woman

  • The son of God.  Matthew 1:18,23, Luke 1:35, John 20:31
  • Also Son of Man sharing our mortal nature, not preexisting.  Hebrews 2:14-16, Philippians 2:8
  • He was sinless, a perfect reflection of his Father’s character.  Hebrews 4:15, John 14:9,
2 Corinthians 5:19-21, 1 Peter 2:21-24
  • His sacrifice for our sins.  1 Corinthians 15:3, John 3:16-17, 1 John 1:7
  • By his obedience unto death he declared God’s righteousness.  Romans 3:25-26
  • His death was as our representative not a substitute.  Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 5:24
  • The new covenant confirmed in his blood.  Matthew 26:26-29, Jer. 31:31-34, Romans 15:8
  • His resurrection and exaltation to his Father’s side.  Acts 2:23-27, Matthew 26:64, Acts 5:30-31, 7:56, Philippians 2:6-11
  • He is our high priest and mediator.  Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:26, 9:15, 1 Timothy 2:5

Cain and Abel

  • Faith and the shedding of blood essential to forgiveness.  Hebrews 11:4, 9:22
  • Able and Seth type of the crucified and risen Christ.  Genesis 4:25

The Flood

  • The lesson of separation from the sons of God marrying the daughters of men. Genesis 6:1-2, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
  • Wickedness and the corruption of God’s ways led to the flood.  Genesis 6:5-7,11-12
  • The ark represented baptism into Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 3:20-22

The Promise to Abraham

  • The call of Abraham and the promises.  Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-17
  • Abraham is dead (not in heaven) therefore the promise is to be fulfilled by resurrection.
Acts 7:5, 26:6-8
  • The seed is Jesus Christ.  Galatians 3:8,16,26-29
  • Brief explanation of Genesis 22.
  • Abraham justified by faith.  Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:13
  • The promises repeated to Isaac and Jacob.  Genesis 21:12, 28:13
  • Jacob’s name changed to Israel, prince with God.  Genesis 32:28

The Exodus

  • Joseph and Israel in Egypt.
  • Moses, the burning bush and God’s name.  Exodus 3:1-15, John 17:20-23
  • The Passover and its significance in Jesus, the Lamb of God.  Exodus 12:1-14, John 1:29,
1 Peter 1:18-19
  • Deliverance at the Red Sea.  1 Corinthians 10:1-2
  • The law given at Sinai.  Exodus 19:3-8
  • The ten commandments.  Exodus 20:1-17
  • The law could not give life.  Romans 8:3, Hebrews 10:10-12, 9:9-15
  • Israel’s failure in the wilderness through lack of faith.  Numbers 14:19-21,26-34,
Hebrews 3:16-4:1

Israel’s History

[Note: only a brief outline is required.]

  • Joshua and the occupation of the land promised.
  • Judges.
  • Saul the first king.
  • David and the promise to David.  2 Samuel 7:10-17, Luke 1:31-33, Matthew 1:1
  • The glory of Solomon’s reign.  Israel as the Kingdom of God.  1 Chronicles 29:23-25
  • The division of the kingdom. The captivity of Israel by the Assyrians and of Judah by the Chaldeans.  2 Chronicles 36:14-21, Ezekiel 21:25-27
  • Their return after 70 years.
  • Destruction by the Romans in AD 66-70 and scattering into all nations.

The Kingdom of God

  • Return of Jews to the land in fulfillment of Bible prophecy.  Ezekiel 36:24, 37:21-22, Luke 21:24-33
  • The return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth.  Acts 1:11, 3:19-21, Luke 21:24-36
  • Signs that his return will be soon, e.g. Israel’s return to the land.  Jeremiah 31:16-17, Ezekiel 36:24, 37:21
  • His kingship.  Luke 1:32-33, Revelation 11:15, Zechariah 14:9,16
  • Resurrection and Judgment (only those responsible by knowledge will be raised Psalm 49:20). 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 2:5-6, Daniel 12:2-3
  • The reward is immortality.  1 Corinthians 15:50-57, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Peter 1:4
  • To restore the kingdom to Israel.  Acts 1:6, 3:21, Romans 11:26-27
  • To break the power of the nations in the battle of Armageddon.  Daniel 2:44, Joel 3:12-16, Revelation 16:14-16
  • What the kingdom will be like.  Isaiah 2:1-4, Psalm 72, Isaiah 35
  • The saints as kings and priests after the order of Melchizedek.  Revelation 5:10, Hebrews 7:21-22
  • Christ will reign for 1,000 years then there will be a revolt.  Revelation 20:2-9
  • When all enemies are overcome, God will be “all in all.”  1 Corinthians 15:24-26

The Importance of Faith and Love

  • Faith is essential to please God and to obtain eternal life.  Hebrews 11:6, Romans 1:17
  • The two greatest commands are to love God, and thy neighbour as thyself. Mark 12:29-31, Luke 10:25-28.

The Process of Salvation

  • The significance of the life, death and resrrection of Jesus Christ in giving us the hope of forgiveness of sins and immortality.  Hebrews 5:8-9, Hebrews 7:25, I Timothy 1:15.

Responsibilities of the Believer

  • To read the Bible daily.  Acts 17:11, Psalm 119:97
  • To pray without ceasing.  Matthew 6:5-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
  • To remember Christ weekly in the breaking of bread.  Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • To fellowship the brethren and sisters as often as possible.  Acts 2:46, Hebrews 10:25
  • Those who believe the true gospel and are baptised into Jesus Christ are the one body of Christ.  Such are in fellowship with God, His son and all other brethren and sisters worldwide who meet on the same basis of the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship.  Acts 2:42, 1 John 1 3-4, Galatians 3:28, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 4:13-16
  • To preach the gospel of the Kingdom and the name of Jesus Christ.  Acts 8:12, Mark 16:15, 2 Timothy 4:2
  • To develop the “fruit of the spirit” and reflect the character of our Lord in our lives. Galatians 5:22-24, Matthew 5:16
  • In recognition of their subjection to Christ sisters should wear a head covering in the meetings.  1 Corinthians 11:3-15
  • Be truthful, peaceable, kind, generous, reliable and hardworking.  Avoid immorality, violence and bad language.  Romans 12, Ephesians 4:20-32, Colossians 3:12-14, Exodus 20:7

Separation from the World

  • Brethren in Christ are strangers and pilgrims like Abraham.  Hebrews 11:13,39-40
  • Believers cannot worship idols, or images, and cannot worship with other churches or religions.  Exodus 20:4-6, 1 Corinthians 10:7, Galatians 1:9-10, 1 John 1:5-7, 2 John 9-11
  • Believers must not be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”  Marriage should be “in the Lord,” and not with unbelievers.  2 Corinthians 6:14-16, 1 Corinthians 7:39
  • We should abstain from all appearance of evil, dress should be modest, and speech undefiling, in keeping with holiness.  1 Thessalonians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:3-4,1 Timothy 2:9-10, Titus 2:7-8
  • We should respect and obey the laws of the land except when they conflict with God’s laws.  Acts 5:29, Romans 13:1-8
  • We do not fight or take part in military service.  Matthew 5:43-45, Romans 12:17-21, John 18:36, 1 Peter 2:11-12.
  • We do not take part in politics or vote in political elections.  Daniel 4:17,25, 2 Timothy 2:4
  • We avoid employment in arms manufacture, police or where use of force may be required.

We do not swear allegiance to others since our loyalty is to Christ.

  • We do not seek revenge by taking people to court.  If called upon to testify in court we do not take an oath on the Bible but affirm.  Matthew 5:33-37, 1 Corinthians 6:1-8
  • We do not take part in gambling.  We do not use recreational drugs, Kava or tobacco. Use of alcohol should be limited; drunkenness is a great sin. 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:18, Philippians 3:17-20

Family Life

  • Marriage is to one person for life.  Genesis 2:24, Matthew 5:31-32, Romans 7:2-3
  • The principles of a godly marriage.  Ephesians 5:21-33
  • Sex before marriage, and adultery after, are forbidden.  Colossians 3:5, Hebrews 13:4
  • Homosexual behaviour is forbidden.  Acts 15:20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, Romans 1:23-32
  • Children are to brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:1-4, Genesis 18:19, Deuteronomy 6:7, 32:46-47
  • Prayer and Bible reading should be the centre of family life.  2 Timothy 3:14-16, Ephesians 6:14-18, 2 Timothy 2:15

 As approved at National Conference – 7th September 2002

 

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