WHAT IS BAPTISM ALL ABOUT?
Baptism is a declaration of your new relationship in Jesus Christ. It is a response to following Jesus and a first step of obedience. Baptism does not establish your faith in Jesus Christ but is a symbolic act representing your new relationship with God.
1. Jesus commanded it. WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19–20 (ESV)
2. It is a significant Milestone. Baptism is a point in your life when you make your walk with Jesus Christ public. It is a milestone to remember in your path of following God.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. You identify with Christ's burial and resurrection from the dead.
Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12 (ESV)
2. You declare your new life as a Christian. In the years following Jesus' resurrection, the early church would baptize new believers in a river or lake. Before entering the water, the new believer would take their outer garment off. They would be baptized and then given a new outer garment when they came out of the water. This act was symbolic of the passing of the old life and the person being made new in Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
Different denominations of the Christian faith baptize differently. We ask that Scripture be your guide as you follow Christ in every decision including Baptism. Being baptized by immersion simply means that you are totally immersed under water (though not for long).
1. Jesus was baptized by immersion.
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; Matthew 3:16 (ESV)
2. Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. Acts 8:38–39 (ESV)
3. The greek word "baptizo" literally means, "to immerse".
Baptism is discussed in more detail with an opportunity to ask questions in the Discover Koza class. If you have further questions about the meaning of baptism, please click here to contact us.
DISCUSSING BAPTISM WITH YOUR KIDS
Use this resource to help walk your kids through what baptism is and what it means!
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