July 21, 2019
Why Should I Be Baptized?
To follow the example set by Jesus. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” (Mark 1:9)
Because Christ commanded it. “Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people every where and make them may disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” (Matthew 28:19-20)
It demonstrates that I really am a Christian. “...many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.” (Acts18:8) “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” (1 John 2:3)
What is the Meaning of Baptism?
It symbolizes Christ’s Burial and Resurrection. “ Christ died for our sins...He was buried...and He rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:17) “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Colossians 2:12)
It illustrates my new life as a Christian. “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” (II Corinthians 5:17)
It expresses my total commitment to Christ. Baptism doesn’t make you a believer– it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save’ you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith...it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Why be baptized by immersion? (Going completely under water)
Because Jesus was baptized that way. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. (Example) “...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)
The word “Baptize” means “to dip under water”. The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water”.
The best symbolizes a death and resurrection. “By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead...so also we may live a new life!” (Romans 6:4)
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believed and accepted His message are baptized…” (Acts 2:41)
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” (Acts 8:13)
“ But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the
name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)
When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed!
“Those who believed...were baptized...that day!” (Acts 2:41)
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ
into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are
“perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”!
What Should I Wear When I Am Baptized?
Dark pants and top are appropriate for baptism.
Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. We provide changing rooms.
What is the difference between child dedication and baptism?
At SFWC we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice “infant baptism” or “baptism by confirmation” for children. These ceremonies are intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on behalf of the child. This is different from the
baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose of Biblical baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. We practice something to fulfill this desire to give children back to God and pledge ourselves, as parents, to be godly. We call this ceremony “Baby Dedication.” For making a
membership commitment to SFWC, water baptism by immersion is a requirement, even though many of us were baptized as infants or children.