Preparing your heart for baptism :
As you take this step in your walk with Jesus, we strongly encourage you to take the time to read each of the verses below and answer the following questions.
Why should we get baptized?
Jesus Himself instituted the rite of baptism, leaving clear instructions in some of His final words on earth in what has come to be known as the Great Commission. The early church took this instruction to heart, faithfully carrying out this command as the church expanded. (Matthew 28:18‐20, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:26‐40, 10:46‐48, 16:29‐34)
“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.” Matthew 28:19‐20
What is baptism?
Baptism is a public declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ, and the symbolic demonstration of the forgiveness of sins that comes for those who have believed in His Name. Water throughout the Scriptures is used as a symbol of purity and cleansing, and so it is very fitting that baptism involves immersion in water, a picture of the washing away of our sins in response to our repentance.(Acts 3:19, Romans 6:1‐4, 1 Peter 3:20‐22, Titus 3:4-7)
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4‐7
Is baptism necessary in order to be saved?
The bible teaches that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, therefore,neither baptism, nor any other “work” of man can produce salvation. Baptism is the demonstration of a believer’s faith in Jesus Christ, not the means through which salvation is earned or secured. (Ephesians2:8‐9, Titus 3:4‐7, Galatians 2:21, Luke 23:39‐43)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Who should get baptized and when?
Those who have come to an age where they are able to make a personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. As we survey the Scriptures, we see the consistent pattern that baptism naturally and necessarily follows repentance. (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:26‐40, 10:46‐48, 16:29‐34)
“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.’” Acts 2:38
So, what are you waiting for? As the Scriptures declare…
“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.”