WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
- TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE SET BY CHRIST.
“At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.”
- BECAUSE CHRIST COMMANDS IT.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my 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.”
- IT DEMONSTRATES THAT I REALLY AM A BELIEVER
“…Many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.”
“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 ILLUSTRATES CHRIST’S BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
“Christ died for our sins……He was buried….and He arose again.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“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!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“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!”
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.”
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
- BECAUSE JESUS WAS BAPTIZED THAT WAY
“As soon as Jesus was baptized (emersed), He went up out of the water.”
- EVERY BAPTISM MENTIONED 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…”
- THE WORD “BAPTIZE” MEANS “TO DIP UNDER WATER.”
The Greek word “baptizo” means, “to immerse or dip under water.”
- IT BEST SYMBOLIZES A BURIAL AND RESURRECTION
The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther…”I would have those who are to baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
John Calvin…”The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”
John Wesley…”Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
- EVERY PERSON WHO HAS BELIEVED IN CHRIST.
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…”
“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.”
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
At Albertville FBC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
At Albertville FBC, it is a membership requirement that every member must be baptized the way Jesus demonstrated after they have believed.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
- AS SOON AS YOU HAVE TRUSTED JESUS FOR YOU SALVATION!
“Those who believed…were baptized…that day!” Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the Scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now? Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,’ so they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-38
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!”
CAN I INVITE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS TO MY BAPTISM?
Yes!! We encourage you to invite your relatives and friends to attend your baptism; especially non-Christians. Baptism is saying, “I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a Christian. I’m not ashamed to tell the whole world publicly that I believe in Jesus Christ.”
If you have any questions concerning Baptism or if you would like to sign to be baptized, please complete the following form;