WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM?

Water baptism is a public declaration that you have chosen to renounce your previous way of life (and sinful nature) and embrace a new life of faith in Jesus.

It was used by John the Baptist (among others) to demonstrate repentance of sin and acceptance of God’s grace.

Jesus identified Water Baptism as a way for believers to show their commitment when He gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

The Greek word is Baptizo, which was used to describe a sinking ship.

Full immersion in water (not mere sprinkling) symbolizes the complete death of the old self and associates you with the crucifixion of Christ.

Rising out of the water symbolizes being “born again” into the new life, and associates you with the resurrection of Christ.

  • Colossians 2:12 “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

Water Baptism cannot “save” anyone. You do it BECAUSE you have received salvation through faith in Jesus.

Water Baptism is a public commitment to Christ and His body, the church. This is why we only baptize people when they are old enough to understand what they are doing and have made their own choice to declare their faith publicly. It is not biblical to baptize babies.

 

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