BAPTISM ALLOWS A BELIEVER TO COMMUNICATE TO THE WORLD THEIR HEART-FELT COMMITMENT TO CHRIST.
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The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.
People often have questions regarding baptism:
Why should I be baptized? I’ve already been baptized. Do I have to do it again?
Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked?
WHY IS BAPTISM SO IMPORTANT?
1. To follow the example set by Jesus.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9
2. Because Christ commands it.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19-20
3. It demonstrates that I really am a believer.
“…many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” 1 John 2:3
WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN?
1. It illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried…and He rose again.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“For when you are baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. Colossians 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside.
The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life!” Romans 6:4