Baptism is a joy because it is one of the first acts of obedience after we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Jesus commanded us to be baptized if we truly believe in Him. In the early days of Christianity, baptism was an evidence of one’s faith, the “out-ward” expression of what had taken place in a person’s life. Baptism among the early Christians often resulted in persecution, rejection, and suffering. It was the genuine testimony of one who was serious about Jesus Christ.
Who should be Baptized? Everyone who has received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. In the times of the New Testament, those baptized were always those who had personally trusted and committed their lives to Jesus.
Why Should I Be Baptized? Because Christ commands it: Jesus said, Go ye into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19-20. To follow the example set by Jesus: Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan river. Mark 1:9 It demonstrates that I am a believer: Many of the people who heard him believed and were then baptized. Acts 18:8
How Should I Be Baptized? Baptism in the New Testament was always by immersion. The Greek word for baptize means to dip, submerge, immerse or put under. Jesus was immersed and asks us to be immersed. Baptism by immersion pictures two very important truths: CHRIST’S DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION: “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised up with Christ.” Colossians 2:12 MY NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST: I have died to my old sinful life and Jesus has raised me up to a new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians. 5:17
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer but it shows you are a believer. Baptism does not save you but it is an outward symbol of your inward faith.
When Should I Be Baptized? As soon as you trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord: “And those who believed were baptized that day!” Acts 2:41 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began with the scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-38
If you are interested in being baptized, fill out the form below or mark the “I would like to be baptized” box on the back of the Connection Card at church on Sunday.