BAPTISMAL QUESTIONS
Email us at: [email protected]

 

This inter-link is referred to in the Baptism article .

 

The following is a list of the 104 questions given to prospective members before their baptism into the Jehovah's Witness denomination as of 2005, taken from the book "Organized to do Jehovah's Will", published in 2005, pp.183-215. All of these questions must be answered in agreement to current Watchtower Society teachings in order for the person to be qualified for baptism. This list of baptismal questions are discussed in three one-hour sessions with the prospective member. (In times past, the roster numbered only 80 questions, which were taken from the book Organized to Accomplish Our Ministry, pp.171-219)

Session #1: Elementary Bible Teachings

1. Who is the true God?
2. What are some of Jehovah's outstanding qualities?
3. What terms does the Bible use to help us understand some aspects of Jehovah's authority?
4. What does it mean to give Jehovah exclusive devotion? Why does he alone deserve such devotion?
5. How should we view and treat God's personal name?
6. Why is it important for us to use God's personal name in worship?
7. How will Jehovah sanctify his name? How can we have a share in this?
8. Why would it be wrong for us to make an image of God or to attempt to worship him through the use of images?
9. What does it mean for a person to dedicate himself to Jehovah? Have you made your personal dedication to Jehovah in prayer?
10. Who is Jesus Christ?
11. What is Jesus' position in relation to Jehovah God, and what authority has Jehovah given him?
12. Why did Jesus come to earth and die a sacrificial death?
13. Why do we need the ransom, and how does it affect you personally?
14. What is the holy spirit, and what has been accomplished by means of it?
15. How does the holy spirit operate for our benefit today?
16. What is the Kingdom of God?
17. What blessings will Kingdom rule bring for the earth and for mankind?
18. What does it mean to seek first the Kingdom?
19. How do we know that we have entered into the time of the end and that God's Kingdom in ruling?
20. Who is Satan the Devil? Where did he and his demons come from?
21. What challenge did Satan make against Jehovah and his rulership in the Garden of Eden? What false accusation did Satan make against faithful Job?
22. How can we personally show our support for Jehovah and his rulership and prove that Satan's accusations against God's servants are false?
23. What will become of Satan and his demons, according to Jehovah's judgment against them?
24. What are some of the spiritistic practices that Christians shun?
25.What is the human soul? Can the soul die?
26.What is sin? How did we all become sinners?
27.What should you do if you commit a serious sin?
28.What should be our attitude towards sin?
29.What is death?
30.Why do people die?
31. What hope is there for one who dies?
32. How many from among mankind will be raised to heavenly life with Jesus Christ?
33. What will those who are resurrected to heaven do there?
34. What is the hope for mankind in general?
35. Why should we hold firmly to our hope in the resurrection of the dead?

Session #2: Jehovah's Righteous Requirements

1. What is the Christian standard for marriage?
2. What is the only Scriptural basis for divorce that frees one to remarry?
3. What does the Bible say about married people separating from each other?
4. Why should those living together as husband and wife be properly married?
5. If you are married, are you sure that your marriage has been properly registered with the civil authorities?
6. Why should we show respect for the gift of life?
7. How does Jehovah view (a) the unlawful shedding of human blood? (b) abortion? (c) suicide?
8. What responsibility rests upon a person who is infected with a communicable disease that is potentially fatal?
9. To avoid transmitting an infection or a potentially fatal disease to others, why should an infected person (a) not initiate public displays of affection such as hugging and kissing? (b) attend the Congregation Book Study at the Kingdom Hall if at all possible? (c) not react negatively when some choose not to invite him into their homes? (d) Why should a person who may have been exposed to an infectious disease voluntarily choose to have a blood test before beginning a courship? (e) Why should one having a communicable disease inform the presiding overseer before getting baptized?
10. Why should Christians abstain from blood, and what does it mean to do so?
11. Are Christians under the Mosaic Law and its requirements regarding sacrifice and the Sabbath?
12. What Christian quality should outstandingly characterize our relationship with our spiritual brothers and sisters?
13. How should Christians view the shortcomings of fellow believers?
14. If your brother's sin against you is of a serious nature, what should you do?
15. What is the fruitage of the spirit, and how will cultivating it help us to maintain a fine relationship with others?
16. Why must lying be avoided?
17. What is the Christian view of stealing?
18. Does the Bible prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages in moderation?
19. What is the Christian view of overdrinking and drunkenness?
20. Why should Christians abstain from all non-medical use of addictive or mind-altering natural or syntetic substances?
21. What does the Bible say about fornication, which includes adultery, sexual relations with another person of the same sex, and other ungodly sexual conduct?
22. By adhering to what Bible counsel will you be able to resist temptations and pressures that could induce you to engage in sexual immorality?
23. Why must a Christian avoid becoming involved in any form of gambling?
24. If a person commits a serious sin out of weakness but wants help to be restored to Jehovah's favor, what action should he take immediately?
25. In addition to confessing his own sins, each Christian has what responsibility regarding serious wrongdoing by others that could threaten the spiritual or moral cleanness of the congregation?
26. What is the proper viewpoint to have if one is Scripturally reproved?
27. What action does the congregation take when a person in its midst proves to be an unrepentant violator of God's commandments?
28. What is idolatry? What are some forms of idolatry that Christians must guard against today?
29. What is the Christian's position as to the world alienated from God?
30. What was Jesus' attitude towards participation in the political affairs of the world?
31. When a person separates himself from the world and becomes a Christian, what treatment should he expect from those in the world?
32. How does being separate from the world affect a Christian in his choice of secular employment?
33. What Bible principles should a Christian apply regarding his choice of entertainment and recreation?
34. Would it be proper for true Christians to share in worship with other religious groups?
35. What is the only religious ceremony that Christians are commanded to observe?
36. How can you determine whether you should observe or participate in celebrations that are popular in your community?
37. What birthday celebrations are mentioned in the Bible? How does this affect your view of birthday celebrations?

 

Session #3: Jehovah's Arrangement of Things

1. In God's arrangement of things, who is the head of the married woman?
2. How should a husband exercise headship over his wife?
3. Is the wife whose husband is not a believer freed from his headship?
4. Who is primarily responsible before God for the training and disciplining of children?
5. What responsibility do children have in the family arrangement?
6. What is the proper attitude for Christians to maintain toward worldly rulers?
7. Must a Christian pay all taxes and assessments demanded by law?
8. Are there any circumstances under which a Christian would refuse to obey worldly rulers?
9. Should Christians comply with legal requirements that do not conflict with God's laws, such as registering marriages and births, responding to census inquiries, or obtaining required licenses and permits?
10. What is the headship arrangement in the Christian congregation?
11. Who is the Head of the Christian congregation?
12. How can you identify "the faithful and discreet slave" today?
13. What is the Governing Body of Christian congregation?
14. By what visible means is Christ's headship represented in the congregation?
15. How do members of the congregation demonstrate submission to the headship of Christ in the congregation?
16. Whose ideas are recorded in the Bible? Why should you regularly study God's word?
17. Why is it beneficial to attend the meetings arranged by the congregation? What efforts do you make to do so?
18. Why should you participate in congregation meetings as your circumstances allow?
19. Why must approved works accompany our Christian faith?
20. What urgent work does the Bible set out for all Christians?
21. Are you sharing the good news of the Kingdom with others? In what ways?
22. Why should you take seriously your responsibility to share the good news with others?
23. How can we give material support to the Kingdom work today?
24. How can we demonstrate our love for brothers and sisters who come to be in need of material assistance?
25. What should be our attitude toward giving of ourselves and of our material possessions in Jehovah's service?
26. What attitude should we have when we are persecuted or undergoing trial?
27. To whom and in whose name should we pray?
28. How should we pray so as to be heard by Jehovah?
29. What are some of the things you can pray about?
30. What effect might our conduct have on our prayers?
31. Why do Jehovah's Witnesses baptize in water those who embrace the Christian faith?
32. Why is it appropriate for dedicated and baptized Christians to be called Jehovah's Witnesses?