Why should I be baptized?
1. To follow the example set by Christ.
Mark 1:9 (NIV)
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Why was Jesus baptized? To fulfill scripture as the Messiah. Jesus was baptized because He had to fulfill the legal requirements for entering into priesthood. He was a priest after the order of Melchizedek. (Ps 110:4, Heb 5:8-10, 6:20) Priests offer sacrifice to God on behalf of the people. Jesus became the sacrifice for our sin in His role as priest. (1 Peter 2:24, 2 Cor 5:21)
2. Because baptism has a great deal of spiritual significance. It is a picture of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Romans 6:4 (NIV)
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Colossians 2:12 (NIV)
Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
It is a picture of a new birth; a starting point and entrance into the Kingdom of God.
John 3:3-5 (NIV)
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit."
3. Because Christ and the Apostles commanded it.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Acts 2:38 (NIV)
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of
Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit."