Baptism declares to the world you’ve trusted Jesus, joined God’s family, and made a commitment to follow Jesus, heart and soul. It’s pretty special!
Why is baptism important?
• Baptism is commanded by Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20)
• Jesus was baptized and set the example for us to follow (Matthew 3:13-17)
• It is symbolic of what has already taken place in your life. Baptism is a symbolic picture of the cleansing Jesus does in us. It is a public display of us dying to the old self and being raised up to walk in a new life. It is picture of the our new identity, as forgiven (Romans 6:3-4)
When should someone be baptized?
• As the church was initiated in the book of Acts – people who received the Word were baptized. Baptism always followed conversion, which means placing one’s faith in Jesus, in the Scriptures. (Acts 2:41)
• People who were baptized prior to placing their faith in Jesus were baptized again. (Acts 19:1-5)
Is baptism tied to salvation?
• Simply put, no. Good works cannot help you attain salvation. Salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10)
• Only those who confess Jesus with their mouth and believe in their heart are saved. Baptism is a tangible and public display of your faith and salvation in Jesus. (Romans 10:9-10)
Why do we baptize by immersion (to “dip” the entire person into the water)?
• New believers in the New Testament were completely “dipped” into the water. Philip took the eunuch “down into the water” to be baptized. (Acts 8:26-38)
• Jesus “went” up from the water” during his baptism. (Matthew 3:13-16)
• The original language of the New Testament is Koine Greek. The Greek word for baptism and consistently used in the New Testament – is baptizo – which literally means to dip, immerse, or dunk.