You are commended for your desire to follow Christ in water baptism. The Ordinance of Baptism in water is commanded in the Word. All who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord are to be baptized,
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned – (Mark 16:16 NIV).
Baptism is an important ordinance of the Christian faith, however, it is NOT a means of grace (salvation) in itself. Paul states in Romans 10:9 that, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Therefore, Water Baptism symbolizes that the old sinful nature and life-style died with Christ at salvation; and a new life has been raised with Christ in resurrection. It is a method of identification. We are publicly identifying with the Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection,
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. – (Romans 6:4 NIV)
Do you need to be Baptized to be Saved?
- No. The New Testament teaches that a person is saved by repentance from sin and faith in Christ. “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). In Luke 23, the thief on the cross recognized who Jesus was, reached out to Him, and Jesus promised him salvation. That dying thief had no opportunity to be baptized.
Why Should I be Baptized?
- To be Obedient to Jesus
- Water baptism was commanded by Jesus and throughout the New Testament as an outward expression of an inward decision to make Jesus Christ Lord. Baptism is one of only two ordinances that Jesus commands believers to observe (The other is Communion).
- Baptism is a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ
- Baptism is public declaration of your decision to live for Jesus. Baptism is not the only way we profess to be a Christian, but it is an important way.
- Baptism symbolizes your cleansing from sin
- Baptism throughout the New Testament indicated that a person had “repented” or turned away from sin. At The Mount, we practice baptism by immersion, meaning your whole body goes under the water. Jesus Christ, Our example, Was baptized by immersion (Ref. Matthew 3:16).
- Baptism symbolizes your union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection
- When you become a Christian, you die to sin and your old way of life and you begin a whole new life. Romans 6:8 states, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” The very act of baptism (being immersed in the water and coming up out of the water) is a picture of what happens to you spiritually.
Can my Children be Baptized?
- Water Baptism is a decision made by the individual as a way to show their commitment to Christ. Because this commitment requires a level of cognitive and developmental readiness, we do not baptize babies.
- At The Mount, we do a special ceremony to dedicate babies during our service. To learn more on baby dedication CLICK HERE.
If you have any further questions regarding baptism, please feel free to email email@example.com. You can also reach us by calling the main church line at 952-432-4332