“BAPTISM IS THE PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF A BELIEVER’S FAITH”
WHY SHOULD I BE WATER BAPTIZED?
Jesus was water baptized (Mark 1:9-11), and He commands all believers to follow His example (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 2:21).
Baptism is an act of confession and identification with Christ. It is a demonstration of your covenant with God and your commitment to Christ. Baptism does not save you – only your faith in God can save you through God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through water baptism, we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It’s like saying, “Lord Jesus, Your death is my death – I no longer have to die for my sins. Your life is my life – I now have Your eternal life” (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER BAPTISM?
Baptism is a symbol of a covenant and commitment, much like a wedding ring. This ring does not make a couple married; the promise and covenant they made to each other make them married. The ring is a symbol to others of their promise and covenant to each other. Like the wedding ring, baptism is a symbol which testifies before God and man the promise and covenant a person has made in his heart with Jesus.
WHO SHOULD BE WATER BAPTIZED?
All those who have committed themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord, by turning away from sin and trusting in Him, should be water baptized (Acts 8:13). For this reason, we do not water baptize babies or children who are too young to make a conscientious decision to follow Christ. While babies may be dedicated to the Lord from birth (1 Samuel 1:21-24), baptism is reserved for believers.
WHEN SHOULD I GET WATER BAPTIZED?
You should get water baptized at your first opportunity after you have received Christ as Lord and Savior (Acts 8:35-39; 16:30-34; 18:8). Crossroads offers multiple venues throughout the year, both indoor and outdoor, for water baptism.