THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING BAPTIZED

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

1.     To follow the example set by Jesus. It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  Mark 1:9
 

2.     Because Jesus commanded it Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them   in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
 

3.     The New Testament Church practiced it.  Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”  Acts 2:41
 

4.     It demonstrates that I really am a believer.  Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.  Acts 18:8

 

 


WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?

BECAUSE JESUS WAS BAPTIZED THAT WAY

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.  Matthew 3:16

 

EVERY BAPTISM IN THE BIBLE WAS BY IMMERSION. (Example)  

So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.  Acts 8:38-39

 

THE WORD “BAPTIZE” MEANS “TO IMMERSE UNDER WATER”.

 

IT BEST SYMBOLIZED A BURIAL AND RESURRECTION!

The founders of various denominations who practice infant baptism agree with the Bible’s position on believer’s baptism.

 

Martin Luther . . . “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the work imports and the mystery signifies.”

 

John Calvin . . . “The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”

 

John Wesley . . . “Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”

 

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

EVERY PERSON WHO HAS             BELIEVED IN CHRIST.

 

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  Acts 2:41

 

Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.  Acts 8:13

 

But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.  Acts 8:12

 

 

 

WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BELIEVED!

 

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  Acts 2:41

 

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”!

 

At The Fellowship we wait until children are old enough to understand and believe the true meaning of baptism and faith in Christ before we baptize then as this represents the Biblical model.  Several times during the year we do child/baby dedication, which is a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child but has no inference of salvation.  The parents commit to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make a personal confession of Christ.

 

We have recently began a new one week class that is required for parents who want to participate in child/baby dedication, for more information please contact Jennifer Huddleston in the church office.

 

What about being baptized for the second time? The Bible teaches a proper order of baptism. Just as infant baptism isn’t the biblical model neither is baptizing anyone before they are truly saved. We encourage people to have their baptism in proper order. People often wonder about being baptized a second time, perhaps with a spouse who has come to faith in Christ. We encourage you to be baptized together if that’s your choice.

 

At The Fellowship, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, in a like believing church.