baptism

"Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.
The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"  

2 Corinthians 5:17

Why should I be baptized?

  1. Jesus was baptized, so by getting baptized, we're following his example. (Mark 1:9)
  2. Jesus commanded that his followers be baptized.  (Matthew 28:19–20)
  3. Baptism is your public declaration of faith in Jesus. (Acts 18:8)
  4. Getting baptized shows that you know Jesus on a personal level. (1 John 2:3)

What is the meaning of baptism?

  1. It's a symbol of Jesus' burial and resurrection.(1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, Colossians 2:12)
  2. It's a symbol of your new life as a Christian.     (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4)
  3. Baptism does not make you a believer — it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that.
  4. Baptism is like a wedding ring. It's the outward symbol of an inward commitment you've made in your heart. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ should be baptized.
(Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:13)
The one requirement for baptism is belief in Jesus! This is why we don't baptize children until they're old enough to understand and believe for themselves.

How am I to be baptized?

  1. Like Jesus was baptized — by being immersed in water. (Matthew 3:16)
  2. Every baptism recorded in the Bible was done in water. (Acts 8:38, 39)
  3. The word "baptize" literally means "to dip under water." The Greek word "baptizo" means "to immerse or dip under water."
  4. It's the best way to depict Jesus' burial and resurrection.

"I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies."

- Martin Luther

"The word 'baptize' signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church."

- John Calvin

"Buried with Him, alluding to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church."

- John Wesley

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