We want to follow what the Bible teaches in rgard to baptism. Often questions arise and we want to be clear on what we beleive and teach on this matter. So we have comprised a Baptism FAQ.
I. Why should I be baptized?
- To follow the example set by Jesus: “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9.
- Because Christ commanded it: “ Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19-20.
- It demonstrates that I really am a believer: “…many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8. “ We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” 1 John 2:3.
II. 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 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 Corinthians 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!” Romans 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 a gift from God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
III. 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.
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion: “…then both Phillip and the man went down the water and Phi lip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39.
- The word baptize means “to dip under water.” The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water.”
- It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
IV. When should I be baptized?
- 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 of 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. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”!
We hope this FAQ clears up any questions or concerns regarding baptism. If not, please feel free to speak to Pastor Stewart. We do not pressure or force anyone to be, as some say, “re-baptised.” If you received baptism in some other way than immersion in another church or denomination, please know that to us, this is just one part of the membership requirements of New Beginnings Church. It is simply how we at New Beginnings Church demonstrate our obedience to Jesus Christ in this matter.