What is Baptism?
Once Jesus becomes the center of a person's life, the next step in the process is to experience Christian baptism. Baptism is a shout-out to the world that through being immersed or sprinkled with water in a public service, you identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We publicly proclaim that we are dying to sin and coming alive in Christ. Baptism is your public witness of moving from a seeker to a believer.
Who should be baptized?
A believer has concluded that Jesus' death on the cross was a sacrifice for their sin and the only way to bridge the gap between God and us. By baptism, a believer is saying to the community, "I trust Christ alone for my salvation!"
If you are considering baptism, there are two important questions to ask yourself.
1. Have I made a commitment to have Jesus be the center of my life?
2. Am I ready to publicly share this life change with my community?
Why do we baptize?
In Matthew 28:19 Jesus gives the "marching orders" for what Christians are to do with their one and only life. Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Baptism is not an act by which we are saved. It is an outward sign of what Christ has already done in our hearts. If you are unsure of where you stand with Christ, take your time. If you would like to read more about what the Bible says regarding baptism, check out these verses Romans 6:1-11, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12 and again in Acts 10:47-48.