Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It’s the next thing after salvation.
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 (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!
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized Himself. (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
WHEN'S THE BEST TIME TO BE BAPTIZED?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.