What is Baptism?
Simply put, baptism is an outward display and celebration of your inward decision to trust Christ with your life. It’s an act of obedience, a step of acknowledgement that is representative of the fact that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and walked out of the grave alive so that each of us can have eternal life. When you step into the water, you are letting the world know that you have walked into a new life of faith in Jesus Christ and that you are committing to follow Him down a new path. If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step in your walk with Christ.
Was Jesus Baptized?
Jesus is our example in every area of life, including believer’s baptism. Jesus had to walk about 27 miles just to be baptized in the Jordan River. To set an example for us, Jesus was baptized – by immersion – to publically identify with God’s kingdom and humanity.
How should I be Baptized?
“Baptism” comes from the Greek word baptizo, which means “to immerse.” Like Jesus, we should be baptized by immersion. That means going into the water, being immersed under the water, and coming back out of the water. It’s that simple!
What if I’m a private person and feel embarrassed to be publicly baptized?
Going public with our faith by being baptized is the first step of obedience after accepting Jesus as our Savior. It is a public expression of an inward connection. Don’t be ashamed to stand for your Savior!
What if I was baptized as an infant?
Believers baptism is reserved for those who are old enough to make their own faith decision to become a Christ-follower, and it always comes after one’s faith decision. Being biblically baptized, like Jesus was, in many ways confirms the dreams of those who had you baptized as an infant!
When is the right time to be baptized? As soon as possible after choosing to become a follower of Jesus. Why not today?