Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family. It is a picture of Christ’s death and resurrection, and a picture of new birth. When a person commits their life to Jesus, baptism is the next step for that person to publicly confess that Jesus Christ is the redeemer of sin and saver of souls.
What is Baptism?
The word “baptism” as it appears in the Bible means immersion (the process of submersion in water followed by emergence from water). Scholars agree that the baptism of the Bible is immersion. The following examples from the Bible substantiate that conclusion:
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He came up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
“Then Philip and the church went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water.” Acts 8:37-38
Note the descriptions of the baptisms – “down into the water,” “came up out of the water.”
Significance of Baptism
It is a visible, tangible, physical expression of what is happening inside spiritually. Our baptism is a picture to be seen by others revealing what is happening within us.
Why Should I Be Baptized
Because Jesus commanded it.
After His resurrection and before His ascension to heaven, Jesus left these final directions to His followers (which includes us): “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:18-20. (See also Mark 16:15,16)
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And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ -Acts 22:16