What is Baptism?
It is a public declaration of your personal commitment to follow Jesus. You are saying to everyone, "I am a Christ-follower".
What does Baptism mean?
It symbolizes your old life buried with Christ (when placed under water) and being raised with Jesus to a new life. Romans 6:3-4
Who should be Baptized?
Anyone who personally made a commitment to follow Jesus as Leader and Forgiver. Romans 10:9-10
From the very beginning, people were baptized when they turned from their own way of living (repentance) and decided to live Jesus' way. Acts 2:38,41
Baptism is your first act of obedience to Jesus.
Does Baptism "save" me?
Baptism doesn't make you a believer - 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's the outward symbol or sign to others of the commitment you made in your heart. Ephesians 2:8-9
What about infant Baptism and sprinkling?
Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This is different from the baptism in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. Acts 8:12
There is no evidence in the Bible that any method was used other than immersion. The meaning of the word itself describes immersion.
How will I be Baptized?
You will be placed under the water and immediately raised up out of the water. This is the way Jesus was baptized. Matthew 3:16
Immersion is how believers were always baptized in the New Testament. Acts 8:38-39
Ways to Celebrate Your Baptism
* Go with the person who influenced you to make a decision to follow Christ, and share your salvation story with your family, friends and co-workers.
* Invite those you know to support you by attending the Baptism celebration. Send out an invitation.
* Invite the person who led you to Jesus to participate in your Baptism.