Baptism is going public with your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It’s the first physical step of obedience you will take on your faith journey.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
2. Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized Himself (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9). When we obey Jesus we prove we believe and follow Him (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public with His love for us, we can go public with our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
If you believe in Jesus, the first physical step of faith you take is baptism. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
4. Do you baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9). Baptism is based on an individuals personal faith and decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation (Acts 10:47-48). At Real Life, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. If your child is too young to personally express their faith in Jesus they are too young for believer’s baptism.
5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?
Baptisms in the Bible were all by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10). Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raises us to New Life and gives us a fresh start in this life (Romans 6:3-5).
6. Do I need to be baptized again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of faith by being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again. Often, though, when someone rededicates their life to Christ, they’ll choose to be re-baptized as a public display of their rededication to faith.
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says. Are you ready? Click the button below and let’s get your baptism scheduled.
If you’d like to know more about baptism check out this message from our pastor!