What is Baptism?
Baptism is the means by which someone is identified as a follower of Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Baptism is the act through which we formally become members of the Body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:13)
Baptism by immersion identifies us with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It represents our death to self and sin, and our resurrection to new life in Him.
The water of Baptism represents the washing away of our sinsas well asthe cleansing of our hearts and lives before God. (Acts 22:16)
Who Should be Baptized?
Baptism is for those who have committed their lives to Christ. If you have accepted His gift of salvation and committed your life to following Him, then you should be baptized.
Why be Baptized?
Baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s faith in Jesus Christ. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and depicts the raising up of a new life committed to following Christ.
Baptisms in the Bible were 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 raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).