6 Reasons To Get Baptized
1. Because Baptism is an act of obedience:
Some of Jesus' last words to His disciples make up a three fold instruction: Make Disciples, Baptize them and teach them to obey His commands. (Matt 28:19-20) Baptism is an act of obedience both for the new believer and for the church. We baptize because we desire to obey Christ's commands.
2. Because in Baptism, we are identified with Christ:
"And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him...So now you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God thru Christ Jesus." Romans 6:8
"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?" Romans 6:3
“...for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself in Christ." Galatians 3:27
3. Baptism is an Outward Expression of an Inward work:
“...We were joined with Christ Jesus in Baptism, we joined Him in His Death."
"For we died and were buried with Christ by Baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be raised to life as He was." Romans 6:4-5
4. Jesus, our example, was baptized
“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan” Mark 1:9
5. All believers of the Gospel were baptized:
“...many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ” Romans 6:3
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water… he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5
6. Baptism is an Opportunity to Give a Public Witness:
According to Romans 6:1-4, our Baptism is a witness to the saving work of Christ - in His death, burial, and Resurrection. This symbol reenacts His burial in the grave and His Resurrection to life. Wen we see a new believer go under the water, and come up from the water, we are seeing what Jesus did to save us. When someone is Baptized publicly it is a clear witness that they have chosen to put the old man to death, and to live the new Christ Life.
As long as the church has existed, Baptism has been an integral part of Christian experience. It should be a time of celebration for both the new Believer and the church. We believe that a New believer is making a commitment not only to Christ but to the local church as he or she is publicly identifying with this particular congregation. We believe that this local body is also assuming a responsibility for the New Believer.