the purpose of baptism is to give visual testimony of our commitment to Christ. It is the first step of discipleship.
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What Is Baptism All About?
A simple definition of baptism is, “An outward sign of an inward change.“ There are many verses in the Bible that talk about baptism.
In Acts 2:38-39, the Bible says:
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away – all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
Acts 19:4-5 says:
Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Baptism does not save us. You can only be saved by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. But God designed our journey of faith so that when we put our faith in Christ, one of the next steps we take is making a public statement of our faith and celebrating the new life He has given us, through baptism.
What Does Baptism Signify?
• You are publicly identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
• You have turned from your old life of sin and God has given you new life in Jesus.
• You’re “going public” with your relationship with Jesus.
Dr. Arlene King