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." 


4. Because it shows that you are a believer. Acts 18:8 (NIV)

"...many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized."


5. Because obeying Christ's command shows you know Him and that You love Him.

1John 2:3 (NIV)

"We know that we have come to know Him if we obey his commands." John 14:15 (NIV)

"If you love me, you will obey what I command."

Acts 8:35-39 (NIV)

Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.


Who should be baptized?

Those who believe and have repented .

Mark 16:15-16 (NIV)

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

At Lifechanger Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. A baby or a young child cannot understand sin or the need for Christ. It must be their decision, and their decision must be accompanied by faith and repentance.

At Lifechanger Church it's a membership requirement that every member be baptized the way Jesus demonstrated (immersion), even though many of us were sprinkled as children. 

 

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you possibly can!

Acts 2:41 (NIV)

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Acts 16:31-34 (NIV)

They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household." Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized . The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe God - he and his whole household.