BAPTISM

AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF AN INWARD DECISION

JESUS SET THE EXAMPLE  |  MATTHEW 3:13-17

THEN JESUS CAME FROM GALILEE TO THE JORDAN TO BE BAPTIZED BY JOHN. BUT JOHN TRIED TO DETER HIM, SAYING, "I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED BY YOU, AND YOU COME TO ME?" JESUS REPLIED, "LET IT BE SO NOW; IT IS PROPER FOR US TO DO THIS TO FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS." THEN JOHN CONSENTED. AS SOON AS JESUS WAS BAPTIZED, HE WENT UP OUT OF THE WATER. AT THAT MOMENT HEAVEN WAS OPENED, AND HE SAW THE SPIRIT OF GOD DESCENDING LIKE A DOVE AND ALIGHTING ON HIM. AND A VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAID "THIS IS MY SON, WHOM I LOVE; WITH HIM, I AM WELL PLEASED."

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE  |  ACTS 8:36-38

AS THEY TRAVELED ALONG THE ROAD, THEY CAME TO SOME WATER AND THE EUNUCH SAID, "LOOK, HERE IS WATER. WHAT CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF MY BEING BAPTIZED?" AND HE GAVE ORDERS TO STOP THE CHARIOT. THEN BOTH PHILIP AND THE EUNUCH WENT DOWN INTO THE WATER AND PHILIP BAPTIZED HIM.

IT REPRESENTS JESUS' DEATH, BURIAL, & RESURRECTION  |  COLOSSIANS 2:12

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BAPTISM

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

 

BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF AN INWARD CHANGE. IT'S A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF HOW JESUS CHANGES YOUR LIFE. BEING BAPTIZED SHOWS OTHERS THAT YOU'VE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS, AND ALLOWS THEM TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU. (ACTS 16:31-34)

BAPTISM DOESN'T SAVE A PERSON; IT'S A SYMBOL AND CELEBRATION OF SALVATION. (1 PETER 3:21). THE POWER THAT BROUGHT JESUS BACK TO LIFE IS THE SAME POWER THAT JESUS USES TO CHANGE OUR LIVES - THAT'S WORTH CELEBRATING!

 

 

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

 

WHY DOES BAPTISM MATTER? JESUS INSTRUCTS US TO BE BAPTIZED. HE EVEN SET THE EXAMPLE BY BEING BAPTIZED HIMSELF. (MATTHEW 28:19-20, MARK 1:9)

OBEDIENCE TO JESUS SHOWS WE BELIEVE AND FOLLOW HIM. (1 JOHN 2:3)

BECAUSE JESUS WENT PUBLIC ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR US, WE CAN GO PUBLIC ABOUT OUR LOVE FOR HIM. BEING BAPTIZED SHOWS THAT WE TURN AWAY FROM A LIFE OF SIN, TOWARD JESUS - THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TRULY CHANGE US! (ACTS 2:38-41)

 

WHEN'S THE BEST TIME TO BE BAPTIZED?

FOR EVERYONE WHO DECIDES TO FOLLOW JESUS, BAPTISM IS THE NEXT STEP. ANYONE WHO COMMITS HIS OR HER LIFE TO FOLLOW JESUS IS READY TO BE BAPTIZED. (ACTS 8:12)

 

 

DO YOU BAPTIZE CHILDREN?

 

AS PARENTS, WE CAN HELP POINT OUR CHILDREN TO JESUS, BUT THEY ARE THE ONES TO DECIDE IF THEY WILL COMMIT THEIR LIVES TO HIM. (ROMANS 10:9)

 

ANY INSTANCE OF BAPTISM IN SCRIPTURE FOLLOWS A PERSON'S DECISION TO TRUST JESUS FOR HIS OR HER SALVATION AND COMMITMENT TO FOLLOW HIM.  (ACTS 10:47-48) AT ROSEWOOD CHURCH, WE WAIT UNTIL CHILDREN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO EXPRESS THEIR OWN DECISION TO FOLLOW JESUS AND UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF BAPTISM.

 

IF YOUR CHILD HAS ALREADY ASKED JESUS INTO THEIR LIFE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXPLAIN WHAT BAPTISM IS AND WHAT IT MEANS. FACILITATE THE CONVERSATION, BUT DON'T DOMINATE IT. READ MORE TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT BAPTISM HERE.

 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMMERSION, SPRINKLING, AND OTHER WAYS OF BAPTIZING?

BAPTISMS IN THE BIBLE WERE PERFORMED BY IMMERSION. THE ORIGINAL WORD FOR BAPTISM MOST OFTEN REFERS TO BEING IMMERSED OR SUBMERGED IN WATER. JESUS WAS BAPTIZED BY BEING IMMERSED IN THE WATER AND RISING OUT OF IT. (MATTHEW 3:16, MARK 1:10)

IMMERSION IN THE WATER SYMBOLIZES THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS. (1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4) BEING SUBMERSED UNDER WATER REPRESENTS OUR DEATH TO SIN AND OUR OLD WAY OF LIFE; BEING RAISED OUT OF THE WATER IS A PICTURE OF HOW JESUS RAISED US FROM THE DEAD AND GAVE US NEW LIFE. (ROMANS 6:3-5)

 

 

DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

 

IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION SINCE YOU MADE THE DECISON TO FOLLOW JESUS, WE WANT TO HELP YOU TAKE YOUR NEXT OF BEING BAPTIZED. ONCE YOU'VE TAKEN THAT STEP, THERE'S NO NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN.

GOD NEVER ASKS US TO TAKE A NEXT STEP THAT ISN'T GOOD FOR US. HE ALWAYS GIVES US MORE THAN WE DESERVE OR CAN IMAGINE, INCLUDING THE JOY WE RECEIVE FROM LISTENING TO HIM AND DOING WHAT HE SAYS.