Why should I be baptized?
- For the forgiveness of our sins. Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:16
- To follow the example set by Christ. ‘At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.’ Mark 1.9
- To be obedient to Christ’s command. ‘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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28.19 – 20
- It demonstrates I am a Believer ‘So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.’ Galatians 3.26 – 27
What is the meaning of baptism?
- It illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. ‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day…’ 1 Corinthians 15.3-4
- It illustrates your death, burial, and resurrection. ‘Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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 6.3-4
Why be baptized by immersion?
- Because Jesus was baptized that way. ‘As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.’ Matthew 3.16a ‘As Jesus was coming up out of the water…’ Mark 1.10
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. (for example) ‘Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…’ Acts 8.38 – 39
- The word ‘baptize’ means ‘to dip or immerse’.
- It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection. ‘Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.’ Colossians 2.12
The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism follow an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2.41, 8.12, 10.47-48). We wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them as a pledge of their faith in Christ.
Every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. Believers realize their sin separates them from God. They conclude that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross bridges the gap between them and God. Having decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation, they follow Christ in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Christ.
As soon as you trust in Christ for salvation. The Bible teaches that baptism should follow your decision to become a believer. There is no reason to delay. ‘But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.’
In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone to baptize them. If you have not experienced adult baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.