What is baptism?
Baptism is the act of a Christian who wants to publicly profess their personal belief and commitment to Jesus Christ. It is the symbolic washing away of one’s old, sinful past and rising again to live a life God’s way. The act of baptism can be defined as an outward expression of an inward faith and repentance.
What does baptism mean?
Baptism illustrates Jesus’ burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…he was raised on the third day.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
Baptism illustrates new life as a Christian.
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
Baptism does not make you a Christian – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not save you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it is the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
Why do we get baptized?
We get baptized to follow the example set by Jesus and because Jesus commanded it.
“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.” Luke 3:21
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
When should I be baptized?
You should be baptized as soon as you believe. There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have put your faith in Jesus’ work on the cross for you.
Directly after Saul was converted, we see, “immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized.” Acts 9:18
How do we baptize?
We baptize by immersion, which means to be placed completely under water. We baptize by immersion for several reasons.
Jesus was baptized that way.
“When [Jesus] came up out of the water…” Mark 1:10
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
“And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
The word baptism comes from the Greek word baptizo (βαπτίζω) which literally meant to immerse.
What if I was baptized as a baby?
That is a great question. Since baptism is meant for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, we would encourage you to be baptized as a follower of Jesus. However, please discuss this with your parents first. You will want to present it in a way that is honoring and loving towards your parents, but also honoring to Jesus’ command for believers to be baptized.
I want to get baptized.
If you have any questions about when to get baptized, talk to any of Grace’s pastors or leaders and they will meet with you and make it happen for you! Also, please fill out the form below!