BAPTISM: Following through with your faith
BAPTISM is necessary for the believer. It is the way Christians publicly announce their faith in Jesus Christ. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32
WHO is baptized?
- Someone who has by their own free will put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- Someone who understands that baptism is a picture of what Christ has done in their life
- Someone who is not ashamed to publicly follow Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4)
- Infants cannot make this faith-based decision
WHERE is it done?
Fellow Christians should publicly baptize new believers in front of other followers of Christ wherever they gather. A worship service is a great place for baptism. Baptism is one of the two ordinances of the church; the Lord’s Supper is the other.
WHY should I be baptized?
- Jesus tells you to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...” Matthew 28:19
- Baptism is your first step of obedience following the Lord. Jesus did (Mark 1:9) and His followers do too (Acts 2:41; 8:38)
- Baptism is a picture of dying to your old way of life and being born again and raised to a new life. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
- Baptism shows others that you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior. It is like married people wearing wedding rings as an outward sign of belonging to each other. Or like a rancher who brands his cattle as an outward sign of ownership. “Those who accepted his message were baptized...” Acts 2:41
HOW is baptism done?
- It is done by immersion, being covered by or submerged in water.
- The Greek word for baptism (baptizo) means “to immerse.”
- Going down into water: Acts 8:38; John 3:23
- Being “buried” in water and then raised up from it: Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12
- Coming out of the water: Mark 1:10; Acts 8:39
WHEN is baptism done?
- As is the case in the New Testament, new believers should follow-through with baptism as soon as they have trusted Jesus as their Savior: Acts 2:41; 8:36; 16:14-15, 33
- Because it is done after someone becomes a believer in Jesus Christ, it is called believer’s baptism.
- For the same reason, there is no biblical reason for infant baptism, because babies cannot “believe” in Jesus.
WHAT is stopping you?
Philip shared the story of Jesus Christ with a man from Ethiopia in Acts 8:36. After the believed in Jesus, he wanted to stop and be baptized right away. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you should ask the same question the Ethiopian asked, “Look, here is water, why shouldn’t I be baptized?”
Are you READY?
We would love to see you follow through with your faith by proclaiming that Jesus is your Lord, through baptism. If you are ready, or have questions, please contact Amy Wheeler for more information. This would be a real time of celebrating your new life in Jesus Christ. What a great event to invite your family, friends, and co-workers to attend. May God bless you as your follow our Lord!