It’s meant to show the world that that you love, trust, and have put your hope in Christ. First off, water baptism is not a requirement of salvation. ", "Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.". Moreover, it is solemnly and strictly commanded that we must be baptized or we shall not be saved” (Large Catechism 4:6). Answer: Water baptism symbolizes the believer’s total trust in and total reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as a commitment to live obediently to Him. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be, and is encouraged to be baptized Yet Christians have also always realized that the necessity of water baptism is a normative rather than an absolute necessity. ", “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,”, “… For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…”, “…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. Look at what happened at the Baptism of Jesus Christ "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Standing in the water symbolizes a Jesus dying on the cross, immersing in the water symbolizes Jesus being buried in the tomb and being raised from the water symbolizes Jesus rising from the dead. Since Jesus left a final command for us to be baptized (as disciples) and to baptize others (to make them disciples), there is nothing stopping us who are not on our death beds from doing the right thing and obeying His wishes for us on this matter. I honestly cannot find one excuse why you should not be baptized. Baptism is a symbol. There is a deep symbolism to the core of our faith embedded in water baptism, and everyone who engages in it must be first made aware of its purpose and importance in scripture. We bury the ‘old life,’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. Acts 16:30-33; v30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized." All rights reserved. Baptism confirms our position ‘in Christ’ and affirms the blessings of the Father on us as his children. So baptism is a statement to everyone who sees it that I have trusted Christ for my salvation and I’m committed to living for Him. We believe in baptizing children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make a personal declaration of belief. We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  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. For if we have been united with him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like his." 1. Baptism demonstrates our love for Jesus, â€œIf you love me, keep my commands." It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life. Water baptism is a way to visually preach the gospel. Instead, baptism is a way to demonstrate the spiritual reality that Jesus has already accomplished through his work at the cross. Your email address will not be published. The purpose of water baptism was clear and unchanged from the time of the apostles until after the Protestant Reformation. Copyright 2016-2018. In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an insightful sermon titled, "Why Water Baptism is Important." These men and women believed in Jesus Christ and wanted to obey his command. "When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. Similarly, infant-baptism is a means to appease spiritually ignorant parents concerning the sad eternity of their doomed offspring. Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ. We would love to help you understand a little bit more about this significant, next step in your journey of following in the footsteps of Jesus. Com. Any evangelistic pastor will make sure you get water baptized as long as you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Water baptism is fondly known as a â€œbaptism of repentance” (Acts 19:4) because it is a public show of a person’s repentance from their sins. Water baptism is a symbol to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (John 14:15). Not being baptized, does not mean you will not make heaven, the prime example of this is the thief on the cross with Jesus, he was promised paradise even without baptism (Luke 23:39-43). Baptism connects us to the wider Body of Christ. Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Colossians 2:12 "Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead." Several passages in Acts describe the apostles immediately baptizing nearly everyone who accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Similarly, I can be baptized in a church, but that doesn’t make me a true believer in Christ. Imagine that I was married, though. When they came up out of the water….”, “Those who accepted his message were baptized….”, “But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women”, “ Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. "Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.". My spouse and I really did go through the marriage ceremony, but I just didn’t have my ring on my finger. The use of holy water and its associated rituals is of crucial importance in Christianity. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. In baptism, the believer has the triune name of the triune God placed upon them, ‘Father’, ‘Son’ & ‘Holy Spirit.’ The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is the name of the Godhead (one God in three persons). Acts 8:5-13; v12. "But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Though it can be associated with water, this is not always true and quite often every reference in the Bible is mistakenly considered a reference to water baptism. Being immersed in the water does not save us; we are saved when we consciously trust Christ as our Savior! Would that mean I wasn’t married? True faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross is sufficient for salvation and doesn’t require any additional “works” by us (Ephesians 2:8-9). But imagine that I truly was married and I really, really loved my spouse Would I wear my wedding ring? Some folks are looking for answers, and a few want to debate the point over and over. This passage establishes water baptism as a commandment from Jesus himself, and it is the principal reason why water baptism remains important for us today. Acts 10:34-48; v48 "So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ." The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! Similarly, I can be a believer in Christ, but not baptized, and my sins are still paid for and forgiven by God. ( Romans 6:4). If you have any other questions that we can help you with, please feel free to contact us here. 2. 9:10-18; v18 "...He got up and was baptized." The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). ¿What is Christianity in the Bible? Have you ever thought about getting baptized but have too many questions still unanswered? Water baptism is an act of obedience after salvation. 1. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.”. Why should I consider getting baptized? In this message, Pastor John Lindell speaks from the Gospel of Mark and gives insight on Why Water Baptism is Important. For this reason every Christian who believes in Jesus Christ must be baptized, since Jesus said: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mk 16:16). In baptism, we are buried with Him, then raised with Him for a new life. While modern churches often lightly sprinkle baptismal water on infants, the bible speaks of adults making a conscious decision. This is clarified as follows: “Those who accepted his message were baptized….” (Acts 2:41) Origin and Characteristics. “ Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. “… For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), As per the example of Jesus – by being immersed in water. Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ. This is most naturally understood to mean that you are buried under water and then come out of from the water to signify rising from the grave. The act of water baptism (being immersed in water in response to receiving salvation) is a very important first step in the Christian life. A Brand New Life: Here is one simple way to explain baptism: It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. Despite the obvious importance the Bible places on believer's baptism, it is clear water baptism is not what provides salvation. “Those who accepted his message were baptized….” (Acts 2:41) All sins are forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. Water baptism is a demonstration of our obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. No, of course not.  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  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. Whether it is shyness, having no church you attend, etc. It originated with John the Baptist and is actually what earned him the title â€œThe Baptist”. Water Baptism as Taught in Scripture 6 3. inquires wherein would be the wisdom, or value, of such a consecration to death, (as baptism suggests), if this new theory that the dead did not rise, were true. We bury the ‘old life,’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. Acts 16:13-15; v15  "When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home." Christ commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel, draw people to faith in him, and baptize those who come to conversion. According to the Christian religion when someone decides to believe in God the next step is to be baptized. “ For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…”  (1 Corinthians 12:13) https://www.facebook.com/HealingRoomsSMV/videos/745938536064502 We’ve touched on the subject of water’s connection with religion before, but here we’ll take a deeper look at the concept of holy water and Christianity.. " Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! We strongly believe that each and every Christian should be water baptized by immersion. Recently I’ve met a few people who have become convinced that water baptism is necessary for salvation. ( In fact, the Modern Hebrew term for "baptism" is "Christian Tvilah".) And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”. Baptism in Water is important, because it is a step of Faith that confirms that the person has been converted to Christ (Mk 1:4-5, Acts 4:41, 8:12, 36-38). Sermon Description. The practice of water baptism first started with John the Baptist who was a Jewish prophet calling the people to repentance and to prepare the way of the Lord. A Public Declaration: Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. The use of water in baptism and during the liturgy has a symbolic meaning for Catholics, linking them to the grace and love of God. 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