What is the Meaning of Baptism?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
- “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.” (Col. 2:12 NLT)
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
- “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (Rom. 6:4 NLT)
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer — it shows that you already believe: “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Eph. 2:8-9 NLT)
Why Should I Be Baptized?
To follow the example set by Christ.
- “One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.” (Mark 1:9 NLT)
Because Christ commands it.
- “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20 NLT)
It demonstrates that I really am a believer.
- “Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8 NLT)
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
- “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” (Acts 2:41 NLT)
When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed! There is no reason to delay.
- “As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” “He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:36 & 38 NLT)