1 Peter 3:20-21 NET
20After they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 21And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you—not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 6:11-7:1, 18-19
11 The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence. 12 God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark of cypress wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches from the top. Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 17 I am about to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them.Everything that is on the earth will die, 18 but I will confirm my covenant with you. You will enterthe ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. 21 And you must take for yourself every kind of food that is eaten, and gather it together. It will be food for you and for them.22 And Noah did all that God commanded him – he did indeed.
1 The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation.
18 The waters completely overwhelmed the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the waters. 19 The waters completely inundated the earth so that even all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered.
Consider the language Peter used to describe water baptism, especially in comparing it to being aboard Noah’s Ark through The Flood. Do most Christians view baptism as seriously as the Apostle Peter?
Does the fact that Noah’s Ark had God-given details to follow precisely impact your view of baptism?
If Peter uses Noah’s Ark - and The Flood that washed away the corruption that grieved God - as an example of baptism, do you believe Peter viewed baptism as optional or unimportant?
Finally, what is more important - the actual waters of our baptism or our faithful conscience toward God and belief in the resurrected Christ