What is Baptism?
Baptism is a step of obedience. In Matthew 3:13-16, Jesus set the example for us by being baptized to fulfill all righteousness. It is a statement of commitment (Romans 10:9-10) and serves as a public statement to tell others that we have surrendered our lives to Christ and that we believe in Him. Through baptism, we are declaring to the world that we belong to Christ, He is our Lord and Savior. Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:3-11). Just as Christ gave His life for us and died, in making a decision to follow Christ, the person we were prior dies to become a follower of Christ. Modeling how Christ was buried and then resurrected from death, baptism shows our death to sin, being washed clean and now being raised to walk in our new life in Christ.
- Who should be baptized? Only those who believe in Jesus.
- What is the proper method of baptism? According to the example of Jesus set forth in the New Testament and the Greek word used for Baptism, immersion is the proper method.
- What is the relationship of baptism to salvation? Baptism follows salvation, but not a part of it. It's a visual picture of what happened to us in salvation. (Acts 2:37-38; John 3:1-6; Mark 16:12-16)
- Why should we be baptized?
- Jesus commanded it.
- It's a public confession of becoming a follower of Jesus.
- It represents what happened to Jesus in terms of His death, burial and resurrection.
- It also represents what happened to us at salvation. It identifies us with the body of Christ; the Church.