Baptism

The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Following Jesus is a lifelong journey, or a series of many, many steps. But salvation is an immediate step you need to take to begin your journey as a Christ follower. Baptism is how you communicate to the world that you want to be a Christ follower. It is the Next Step for you to take in your decision to follow Christ. If you have some questions about being baptized, here are some questions/answers to help you take that Next Step:

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM? 

  • Baptism is for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) 
  • Baptism is the point our sins are washed away. (Acts 22:16) 
  • Baptism is a commandment. (Acts 2:38) 
  • Baptism is the point in which we contact the blood of Jesus. 
  • Baptism is the point you enter the kingdom. (John 3:5) 
  • Baptism is when you are united with Christ. (Romans 6:3-4). 
  • Baptism is when you are clothed with Christ. (Galatians 3:27). 
  • Baptism is when you become a child of God. (Galatians 3:26-27). 
  • Baptism is a necessary response to the gospel of Christ. 
  • Baptism is a symbolic reenactment of the death, burial, resurrection of Christ in which we are united with Christ. (Romans 6:3-10; Colossians 2:12)

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

ONE, to follow the example of Christ. The first baptism we read about in the first book of the NT is the baptism of Jesus. Baptism was important enough to Jesus that he walked 40 miles to be baptized. “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.” (Luke 3:21)

TWO, because Jesus commanded it. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20)

THREE, it demonstrates your obedience to Christ. “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” (1 John 2:3)

DO WE BELIEVE YOU NEED TO BE TOTALLY IMMERSED IN WATER? 

Yes we do. Baptism, by its very definition, is immersion, or submersion, into water. Jesus himself was baptized in the River Jordan. Scripture says that Jesus went down into the water, was baptized, or immersed, and came up out of the water. That’s why Paul, in the book of Romans, describes baptism as a death, a burial, and a resurrection. When people are baptized, we take them down into the water, we bury them, or immerse them, in the waters of baptism, and then they come up out of the water to begin a new walk with Christ.

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