Baptism confuses a lot of people. Initially, it’s not easy to understand the significance of being totally immersed in water after becoming a Christ follower.
Much of the confusion centers on questions like, “I was sprinkled as a child, so I don’t have to be baptized, right?” or “If I don’t get baptized, does that mean I’m not saved?”
When you make the decision to commit your life to Jesus Christ, the Bible teaches that you should be baptized to follow Jesus’ example. Baptism is an act of obedience and a public declaration of faith.
When Jesus was ready to begin His earthly ministry, He showed His devotion to the Father by being baptized:
Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk Him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by You,” he said, “so why are You coming to me?” But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize Him. After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.” — Matthew 3:13-17
Later, the apostles taught that all who accept the message of Jesus Christ and invite Him into their lives should follow His example of baptism:
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. — Acts 2:38, 41
Baptism is symbolic of two essential truths of your faith:
- What Jesus did for you: “He died for your sins, was buried and came back to life” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4).
- What has happened to you: “You died to your old life, are buried in baptism and raised to live a new life in Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:3–4).
Never get tricked into thinking that baptism is what saves you. The work of your salvation was done the moment that you believed in your heart that Jesus is Lord and professed that belief with your mouth by asking Him to come into your life and forgive you of your sins.
Baptism is a Next Step of obedience—the outward symbol of the work that God has done in you. You have been raised to walk in newness of life!
Just check the box “be baptized” on your Connection Card or tell your Growth Group Coordinator you need to be baptized, or comment to me at the bottom of this blog post and you can get signed up to take part in The Ridge’s next baptism celebration.
For more information or to sign up for baptism go to www.ridgefellowship.com
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