How important is water baptism?
Water baptism is very important. We are commanded in the scriptures to be baptized (Acts 2:38). Being baptized is the first thing you should do after repentance and faith. The order of the salvation events you must follow is: 1) repent of your sin; 2) exercise faith in Jesus by openly confessing Him as your Lord, believing that He is risen from the dead, and by faith, praising God for saving you; 3) submit to the Christian ordinance of water baptism.
"Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptised with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ." (Acts 10:46b-48a)
Why is baptism called an ordinance?
Baptism is called an ordinance because it has been ordered. You do not have an option. Your obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ includes submission to the command, the order, to be baptized.
What will happen when I am baptized?
Soon after your conversion, the church will plan a baptism service, in preparation for your baptism you will:
- Attend a class on the doctrine of Water Baptism.
- Publicly confess your faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
In the presence of the congregation, we will then baptize you be immersion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The baptism is performed in a pool that is specifically designed for that purpose.
"Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
What does baptism mean for me as a believer?
Baptism means that, by faith, you are identifying totally with the burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are testifying to God, to demons, to the world and to yourself, (a fourfold testimony) the following: "Jesus Christ is rhe Lord of my life. I am dead to the practice of sin and wrongdoing, and I am born again and have new life in Christ by faith."
"In Him you were circumcised, in the putting off the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with a circumcision done by Christ, having been burried with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead." (Colossians 2:11-12)
Baptism is more than simply "an outward sign or symbol of an inward work." Baptism is linked to our complete deliverance. The Old Testament type of the children of Isreal being baptized into Moses in the Red Sea (1 Corinthians 10:2) includes baptism as a part of our complete deliverance.
By faith you have been freed from the bondage of sin to walk in newness of life in Christ. Baptism is a conformation of the genuineness of your living faith in the living Lord.
Does baptism save me?
No, you are saved because you repent of your sins and trust in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, making Him the Lord of your life. It is the blood of Jesus that washes away your sins. (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7), not the waters of baptism.
The blood of the Passover lamb saved the children of Israel, not the waters of the Red Sea. The waters of the Red Sea showed them that they were, indeed, delivered by faith in God. In the same way, the waters of baptism confirm the genuineness of our faith in the shed blood of the Lamb of God, The Lord Jesus Christ.