06.24.16 | Stories | by R. Soto
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
IT ILLUSTRATES CHRIST´S BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” 1 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
IT ILLUSTRATES YOUR 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 Corinthians. 5:17
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.
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
BECAUSE JESUS WAS BAPTIZED THAT WAY.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
The word Baptize means “To dip under water”.
The Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”.
It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
EVERY PERSON WHO HAS BELIEVED IN CHRIST.
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” Acts 2:41
“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
CAN CHILDREN BE BAPTIZED?
At Destiny Through Christ Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BELIEVED.
“Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” Acts 2:41
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you´ll never feel “good enough”!