Why Be Baptized?
1. Because you want to follow Christ’s example.
“One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.” Mark 1:9
2. Because Christ commanded it.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. Matthew 28:19-20
3. Because it shows that you are a believer.
“Many others in Corinth also became believers and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
4. Because obeying Christ’s command shows that you know Him.
“And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments.” I John 2:3
What Is The Meaning of Baptism?
1. It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day.” I Corinthians 15:3,4
“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life.” Colossians 2:12
2. It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian.
“… those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:4
Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
“God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8,9
How Are We To Be Baptized?
1. Like Jesus was baptized – by being immersed in water.
“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened.” Matthew 3:16
2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.
(Example) “… they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38, 39
3. The word “baptize” literally means, “to dip under water”. The Greek word for baptize (baptizõ) means, “to plunge, dip, or immerse” something in water.
4. It is the best way to picture a burial and resurrection. The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther… “The second point in regard to baptism is that it is a sign or sacrament: an immersion in water, whence the name. For the Greek word baptizo means ‘immerse’, or ‘plunge’, and the word baptisma means ‘immersion’.”
John Calvin… “The word ‘baptize’ means to immerse, and it is clear that the rite of immersion was observed in the ancient church.”
John Wesley… “We are buried with Him – Alluding to the ancient manner of baptizing by immersion. That as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory - Glorious power. Of the Father, so we also, by the same power, should rise again.”
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ.
“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized…” Acts 2:41
“But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News… As a result, many men and women were baptized.” Acts 8:12
“Then Simon himself believed and was baptized.” Acts 8:13
The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! Therefore, we do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and believe.
When Are We To Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed! You shouldn’t delay.
“Those who accepted his message… were baptized… that day!” Acts 2:41
There is no reason to delay. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he or she can and should be baptized.