People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? How long should I wait to be baptized? What if I was baptized, but didn’t really understand it—do I have to do it again? Take a few minutes to read the answers to these questions about baptism, and decide if you are ready for this NextStep.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is going public with your faith in Jesus and communicating to your world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It's the next step after salvation.
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 others 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 saved you is the same power that brought Jesus back to life and is what Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
2. Who should be baptized?
Every person who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).Baptism is a vital NextStep for a believer. (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12).
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
After someone decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the NextStep. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is now ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
4. Do you baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but the individual decides if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At GatheringPoint, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. Yet, some people choose to have their young children baptized or dedicated as a symbol of their intention to raise their children in God's Church and their hope to see that their children choose God's ways when they are older.
5. Should a person be re-baptized?
Some people realize that the infant rite performed on them missed some of the essential significance God intended for baptism. Others sense that their mode of baptism lacked the powerful symbolism of immersion. And still others recognize that they were baptized, maybe under pressure, or as an initiation rite into a religious system without the personal life change a follower of Jesus experiences. Any of these reasons are legitimate cause for someone wanting to express their faith in Christ through Baptism a second time.
If you are ready to go public with your faith in Christ through Baptism, click here and someone from our NextSteps team will contact you.