By Shawn Kennedy
One of the greatest ways to go public with our faith as followers of Jesus is through the gift and practice of baptism. You may have been a follower of Jesus for a week, a month, or a year and still have more questions than answers when it comes to this subject. I want to help you recover or discover the sacredness and significance of baptism by directing you to a recent message, answering some of your questions and providing a suggested resource. I cannot encourage you enough to take the next step in following Jesus by being baptized. Please contact us if you have questions, want to talk with someone directly or would like to sign up to be baptized.
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Take a moment to listen to this message titled “Going Public – The Practice of Baptism.”
FOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should get baptized?
Anyone who has entered into a relationship with Jesus and has not yet been baptized, should get baptized. The pattern of New Testament is pretty clear. When people entered into a relationship with Jesus they followed it up by being baptized. (Acts 2:38-41,8:12; 9:18–19; 10:44–48; 16:14–15, 29–36; 18:8; 19:1–7; 22:16.)
Why should I get baptized?
The main reason to get baptized is not because a pastor recommended it, a friend suggested it or a small group leader thought it would be a great idea. The main reason a person should get baptized is because Jesus Himself asked His followers to do it in His name. (Matthew 28:18-20)
What is the significance of baptism?
When a person is baptized they are publicly declaring they belong to Jesus, participating in the life of God and being welcomed into the family of God. It is an outward display of an inward declaration of faith that identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:1-10, Colossians 2:12)
Can I spend an eternity with God if I have not been baptized?
Baptism is not a matter of salvation, it’s a matter of obedience. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Is baptism a matter of preference?
Baptism has become a matter of preference for many people, but it is not and never has been a matter of preference for Jesus and the early church. There is no category for a unbaptized believer in the New Testament. When someone enters into a relationship with Jesus, they followed it up by being baptized.
A RESOURCE TO DIVE DEEPER
Are you interested in reading more about the subject of baptism from a historical and theological perspective? Consider picking up the following book