Getting into the Weeds of Church Membership and Baptism with Bobby Jamieson and Jonathan Leeman


What is baptism? What does baptism mean? Is it simply an individual’s declaration that they now belong to Jesus? Is it a sign and seal of the new covenant, just as God intended circumcision to be a sign and seal of the old? And what does all of this have to do with church membership? Is church membership for everyone? Only baptized believers? Baptized believers and their children?

These questions often resist clear and easy answers, yet they take up their fair share of pastoral time and consideration. In an effort to help with these questions and others like them, Jonathan Leeman interviewed Bobby Jamieson about his new book Going Public. We pray you’ll find the time useful as the conversation perhaps even sharpens some of your own thoughts.

Editor’s note: Click here for a free sample chapter from Bobby’s book. 

Bobby Jamieson

Bobby Jamieson is an associate pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is the author, most recently, of Jesus' Death and Heavenly Offering in Hebrews. You can find him on Twitter at @bobby_jamieson.

Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan (@JonathanLeeman) edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He is also the author of several books on the church. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity from Southern Seminary and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiology from the University of Wales. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Cheverly, Maryland, where he is an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church.