The Bible teaches that once a person is saved, his or her next step is to make that commitment to Jesus public through baptism. Baptism doesn’t make you a believer; it is a visible picture of a spiritual reality. Baptism doesn’t “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring, the outward symbol of the commitment you have made. 

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“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.”

 

- Colossians 2:12

What is the meaning of baptism?

   · It illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4;Colossians 2:12)

   · It illustrates my new life as Christian (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4)

Who should be baptized?

   · Every person who has believed in Christ. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12-13)

When should I be baptized?

   · As soon as you have believed. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:35-38)

What do we believe about baptism?

   · It has a specific purpose. (Romans 6:3-4)

        o Baptism is a visible picture of spiritual reality.

        o   Baptism symbolizes our union with Christ.

   · It has a specific order. (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 16:33-34)

        o Salvation and then baptism.

   · It has a specific method. (Mark 1:5,10)

   · It is the first step in following Jesus. (Matthew 28:19)

Why should I be baptized?

   · To follow the example set by Jesus. (Mark 1:9)

   · Because Christ commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20)

   · It demonstrates that I truly am a Christian. (Acts 18:8; 1 John 2:3)

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