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Water Baptism

If you’ve recently made a decision to follow Jesus, getting baptised in water is a great next step in your journey of faith.

Baptisms are an outward declaration of the decision you have made in your heart to surrender to Jesus. It provides a marker in your life that anchors your faith when you face the hard times of life. It becomes a reference point that God has saved you and is faithful to continue what he has started in your life.

Read more below about what baptism in water is all about.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Water baptism could be described as an outward declaration of what has happened in your heart.

 

Why should we be baptised?

1. Jesus was

Jesus himself was baptised. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow. 

"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan."

Mark 1:9 (NIV)

 

2. An act of obedience

Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

 

3. A public declaration

Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life

"Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

Mark 16:16 (NIV)

"That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country."
Romans 6:3 (Message)
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan."
Mark 1:9 (NIV)
"Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
Mark 16:16 (NIV)
 

What is the meaning of baptism?

1. A move from death to life

Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.

"...having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead"

Colossians 2:12-14 (NIV)

 

2. A brand new life

It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the ‘old life’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. Baptism is like a wedding ring, it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily basis.

Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not ‘save’ you; only your faith in Christ does that.

"...having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead"
Colossians 2:12-14 (NIV)
 
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast."
Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV)

 

How are we to be baptised?

We should follow the example of Jesus and be immersed in water.

"As soon as Jesus was baptised, He went up out of the water."

Matthew 3:16 (NIV)

"As soon as Jesus was baptised, He went up out of the water."
Matthew 3:16 (NIV)

 

Who should be baptised?

Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ should be baptised.

"Those who accepted His message were baptised…"

Acts 2:41 (NIV)

"Those who accepted His message were baptised…"
Acts 2:41 (NIV)

 

When should we be baptised?

As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ he can be and is encouraged to be baptised.

 

"When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptised, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."

Acts 2:37-41 (NIV)