Like a wedding ring, baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment.
What baptism is, and what it is not.
- Baptism is an act by which we follow Jesus’ example. Matthew 3:13-17; Mark1:9-11
- Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ’s commands. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-41
- Baptism is an illustration of Christ’s burial and resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 2:12
- Baptism is an illustration of our new life as a follower of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4
- Baptism is not something that is essential for our salvation. Jesus saves, not baptism! Salvation is a free gift of God and is not dependent on any religious act. Ephesians 2:8-9 A great example of this truth is Jesus interaction with the thief on the cross. The thief’s simple faith in Jesus caused Jesus to tell him, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43
Why be baptized by immersion?
- Because Jesus was baptized this way. Matthew 3:16
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. Acts 8:38-39
- In the Bible the word baptize is the Greek word baptizo which means to dip or immerse under water.
- Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
Who should be baptized?
- Every person who has believed in Jesus. Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12-13
- At Lake City, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the meaning for baptism before we baptize them. We do, however, have child dedication ceremonies during which parents dedicate their children to the Lord. This is different than a public confession of personal commitment to Christ through the act of baptism.