WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
1. BECAUSE JESUS WAS BAPTIZED THAT WAY.
v As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.
2. Every baptism in the BIBLE was by immersion.
v (Example) …then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water… . Acts 8:38-39
3. THE WORD “BAPTIZE” ACTUALLY MEANS “TO GET UNDER WATER.”
4. IMMERSION BEST SYMBOLIZES A BURIAL AND RESURRECTION!
v When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
1. Every person who has BELIEVED in Christ.
v Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized… Acts 2:41
v “Simon himself believed and was baptized… Acts 8:13
v But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12
? ? ? ? A GREAT QUESTION ? ? ? ?
What if I was baptized as an infant?
Some churches baptize infants, we don’t. We only baptize those who have made a decision to believe in Christ’s death as the payment for our sin. In the Bible, men and women were baptized following their belief in Jesus.
The custom of infant baptism began about 300 years ago after the Bible was completed. It’s a ceremony intended to emphasize a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. During this ceremony, the parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ.
We have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasize the parent’s role and the church family’s role in raising a child to follow Christ.
Therefore, if you were baptized as a baby, we encourage you to be baptized by immersion as a believer.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
1. AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BELIEVED!
v Those who believed… were baptized…that day! Acts 2:41
v Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God’. So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him. Acts 8:35-38
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 will never be ready.