WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Colossians 2:12 says, For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him, you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
When you have decided to follow Christ, one of the first “next steps” in the process is to experience baptism. Just like a wedding ceremony lets people know that you are “taken”, baptism is a shout-out to the world that through being immersed with water during a service, you identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It’s a public proclamation that we are dying to sin and coming alive in Christ. Baptism is your public witness of moving from a seeker of Jesus to a fully engaged believer in Jesus.
Baptism is not an act by which we are saved; it’s an outward sign of what Christ has already done in our hearts.
AM I READY FOR BAPTISM
Romans 6:1-4 says, What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 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.
Anyone who has concluded that Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice for their sin and the only way to bridge the gap between God and us, should choose to be baptized. Through baptism, a believer is saying to the community, “I trust Christ alone for my salvation.”
The Bible explains 3 reasons for baptism:
1) Jesus did it.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.”
2) He told the disciples to do it.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
3) He told us to do it.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
WHAT IF I WAS BAPTIZED AS A BABY?
Child baptism is a tradition in many churches where a child becomes part of the church community. If you were baptized as a child, you can be thankful for your spiritual heritage.
Child baptism happens when parents choose for it to happen and not when the child chooses to follow Christ. A Believers’ baptism is their decision and should take place after they choose to follow Christ. This represents God’s new life working in them.