What does the Bible say about Baptism ?? (click to open pdf)

What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of the internal reality of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism does not make you a believer but it shows that you already believe in Christ as the leader of your life and the forgiver of your sins. Baptism seems a little crazy doesn’t it? Do you wonder why God would want us to be dunked in water, and what difference it would make? The Bible says a lot about baptism!

We encourage you to look up these passages and ask God these questions:

  1.  What does this passage mean for me? Is there anything you want me to take away from this?
  2.  What do I need to do differently because of this passage?
  3.  What is my next step?

 

Baptism is not necessary to be saved but it is the way that you show your commitment to Christ.
1 Peter 3:21Luke 23:43

In the Bible, baptism was done by immersion in water.
Acts 8:38-39 Did you know that the word baptism is actually the Greek word “baptizo”? It literally means to dip or immerse under water.

Baptism is actually a picture of Christ’s burial and resurrection from the dead.
Colossians 2:12Romans 6:3-6

Baptism illustrates our new life as a Christian
2 Corinthians 5:17Romans 6:4

Out of obedience, every person who has trusted Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life should be baptized.
Acts 2:41Acts 8:12-13

Jesus and the Apostles both commanded us to do it.
Matthew 28:19Acts 2:38

Jesus was baptized himself.
Matthew 3:13-17

 

 

FAQs about Baptism:

What if I have already been baptized?

It depends. If you were baptized and had already committed yourself to Christ, it is not appropriate for you to be baptized again (Ephesian 4:5). But if you were baptized and were not a believer (including infant baptism) we encourage you to read through the Scripture we’ve collected here and consider being baptized to show your commitment to Christ.

Who can I invite to the baptism?

We encourage you to invite your friends and family to your baptism. This is a great time to share your new life with your friends and family. Everyone is invited to your baptism.

What should I wear to the baptism?

Dress modestly. Loose, dark, comfortable clothing works well. For women, bathing suites should only be worn under other clothing. Be sure to bring a change of clothing, bag for wet clothing, toiletries, and two large towels.

What is a testimony and why do we have to share one?

We all want to hear what a difference God has made in your life – a testimony is just that story! A testimony is a brief (3 minute) story of how you became a Christian.

Every testimony should include the following elements:

  • Your life prior to accepting Jesus
  • How and when you entered into a relationship with Jesus
  • Some of the changes that have taken place in your life since becoming a Christian
  • It is a good idea to avoid lengthy stories that do not point to Christ’s work in your life.

What if I have already been baptized?

It depends. If you were baptized and had already committed yourself to Christ, it is not appropriate for you to be baptized again (Ephesian 4:5). But if you were baptized and were not a believer (including infant baptism) we encourage you to read through the Scripture we’ve collected here and consider being baptized to show your commitment to Christ.

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