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.
“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 a 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)