Baptism is an outward symbol of the commitment you have already made in your heart and mind to make Jesus your Lord and Savior. Baptism does not make you a believer . . . it shows that you already are. Baptism does not save you, only your faith in Christ can do that.
Why should I be baptized?
To follow the example set by JESUS
Mark 1:9 (ESV) — 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Because Christ commands it
Matthew 28:19–20 (ESV) — 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
It demonstrates that I really am a believer
Acts 2:41 (ESV) — 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
What is the meaning of Baptism?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 (ESV) — 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Colossians 2:12 (ESV) — 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
It illustrates my new life as a Christian
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) — 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe.
Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that.
Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
Why be baptized by immersion?
Because JESUS was baptized that way
Matthew 3:16 (ESV) — 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
Every water baptism in the BIBLE was by immersion
(Example) Acts 8:38–39 (ESV) — 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
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