After you commit your life to Jesus, it’s the next important step on your spiritual journey. Baptism is a powerful experience that expresses to the world you’re modeling your life after Christ. These next few points will explain what the Bible says about baptism and why it’s important.
When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus.
Why should I be baptized?
Because Jesus Christ commanded it.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
To follow the example set by Christ.
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
It is a symbol that I believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.
What is the meaning of baptism?
It illustrates Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.
Baptism does not make you a believer, it symbolizes that you already believe. It’s important to understand that baptism does not “save” you. You are “saved” only through your faith in Jesus.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.
Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward symbol of the commitment made in your heart.
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
But when they believed Philip, as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
An important thing to know is that if you were baptized as a baby, it is not the same thing as Biblical believer’s baptism. As seen in the verses above, this act of immersion occurs after you commit your life to Christ in salvation.
Many parents have their children baptized as a sign of dedication to God. Many churches have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasizes the parent’s role in raising a child to follow Christ. While such ceremonies certainly have meaning for the parents, the Bible clearly teaches that any person who receives Christ by faith should then follow that commitment by being baptized.
Why be baptized by immersion?
Jesus was baptized this way.
After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him.
The word baptize actually means to “submerge or dip under water.”
Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
—2 Corinthians 5:17
What do I do now?
Time and time again in the Bible when people professed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, immediately they were baptized (see Acts 2:41; 8:35-38; 16:29-33). We want to encourage you to do the same.
To follow Christ in believer’s baptism:
- Come talk to a minister or come forward during the service.
- Be baptized on Sunday morning.
- Be baptized during a special Sunday afternoon service or Wednesday night.
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