Jesus calls each and every one of his followers to be water baptized as an act of faith and obedience (Matthew 28:18-20). Water Baptism is more than merely a religious ritual. It is a declaration that you believe that Jesus Christ is who He said He was, that you have repented and turned from your sin, and that you have chosen to follow Him as your Lord and King for the rest of your life.
Below are some scriptures that show the importance and purpose of water baptism. If you have recently dedicated your life to Jesus Christ or if you have been a Christian for a long time but have never been baptized and want to make a public proclamation of your faith, please fill out this form to sign up for our next Water Baptism service (offered every few months).
The minimum age is 5 years old. For children younger than 5 years old or who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior, we recommend registering them for our next Child Dedication. To do so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” –I Corinthians 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” –Colossians 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” –2 Cor. 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” –Rom. 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8,9
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. –Matt. 3:16
2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” –Acts 8:38-39
The Greek word for Baptize is ‘Baptizo’ which means, “To immerse or dip under water”.
It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
1. Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” –Acts 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” –Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” –Acts 8:12
2. At Every Nation Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. Jesus told us to “Go make disciples and baptize them…” (Matthew 28:19). The purpose is for a person to publicly confess their personal commitment to Christ. However, if you were baptized as an infant, we don’t believe that you are discounting that event, but you are now personally affirming your parents’ commitment.
3. I was baptized before. Do I need to be re-baptized?
If you were baptized after you had personally made a decision to turn from sin and put your faith in Christ, then no, you do not need to be ‘re-baptized’ — even if you have struggled in your faith for a time afterward. Our security as God’s children is not dependent upon our personal performance, but on what Christ has done for us.
However, if you recognize that you were baptized prior to your decision to wholeheartedly follow Christ, then, yes, you should be baptized as a believer. For baptism to be more than a religious act, it must reflect your heart. The difference between a bath and a baptism is your motive.
As soon as you have believed.
“Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” –Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” –Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. Some people want to wait until they feel they have cleaned up their life enough to be worthy of baptism. But the Bible makes it clear that it is what Jesus has already done and not what we do that makes us worthy. If you want to follow Jesus and be cleansed of your sin, then you are ready to be baptized.
We encourage you to invite your relatives and friends to attend your baptism. This is an important day for you. And, it is a powerful witness to others of the fact that God has done a change in your heart. God may use your baptism to move on the heart of someone watching to help them take this step of faith and obedience also.
If you have further questions, or if you want to sign up for our next Water Baptism service, fill out the baptism interest form.