Formulating our faith is like playing Jenga. Some beliefs can safely be tapped, poked or removed for inspection; others cannot. Jesus' resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. If we take it out, the whole tower falls!
Baptism is an important part of conversion. But do we make it too important? We must be sure not to emphasize baptism more than the Bible does. Doing so makes it an idol and reduces it to a "divine dunking booth"!
Have you ever hooked up a light fixture or appliance in your home? This is what Jesus does when He saves us. He hardwires us into Himself by His Spirit.
Christians are often portrayed as burying our heads in the sand to avoid the facts. Despite this, we are more open to considering the facts than anyone! Paul bases our belief in Jesus' resurrection on cold, hard facts.
Nobody knows what something means more than the person who wrote it. The Holy Spirit is the Bible's ultimate Author. He shows us how to interpret Bible prophecy.