Baptism is one of the most memorable moments in the life of a believer. If you’ve made the decision to follow Christ and are ready to show the world what God has done for you, then baptism is your next step. It’s a beautiful symbol of dying to your old life and being made into a new creation.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
2. Why should I be baptized?
Obedience to Jesus shows that we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we should go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin and turn toward Jesus—the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
Baptism is the next step for everyone who decides to follow Jesus. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).