Common Questions About Baptism
WHY BE BAPTIZED?
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATION
The first day of marriage is this explosion of celebration we call a wedding. On New Year’s Eve we throw parties across the world. On the day a baby is born, the whole family gathers to hold her, laugh, and cry tears of joy. The reality is: beginnings always call for a powerful welcome.
JESUS COMMANDS IT Matthew 28:19-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD REALITY
Romans 6:3–4 Baptism is an outward sign of the inward reality of salvation. It’s a public declaration that you have been saved by Jesus’ death and now walk in Jesus’ resurrection life by the power of the Holy Spirit. In baptism we re-enact the Gospel of Jesus. By being immersed in the water we are saying we have died with Christ, been raised with him.
AN EMBLEM OF YOUR UNION WITH CHRIST
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
A NECESSARY RESPONSE TO JESUS BY THE CHURCH
“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
A SIGN OF SALVATION NOT A WORK FOR SALVATION
“Our justification from sins takes place at the point of saving faith, not at the point of water baptism, which usually occurs later. But if a person is already justified and has sins forgiven eternally at the point of saving faith, then baptism is not necessary for forgiveness of sins nor for the bestowal of new spiritual life. Baptism, then, is not necessary for salvation. But it is necessary if we are to be obedient to Christ, for he commanded baptism for all who believe in him.” – Wayne A. Grudem, Bible Doctrine
WHO SHOULD GET BAPTIZED?
ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST
“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
AS SOON AS YOU BELIEVE
“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.”
If you’re a follower of Jesus and you haven’t made your own personal declaration of following Jesus through baptism, then you should get baptized. You may only be a few minutes, days, or weeks old in your faith, but you should get baptized. You may also be someone who's been a Christian for many years who, for whatever reason, has never been baptized. You too should
Baptism is for all people who believe that God has saved them by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone, and have never made their own choice to be baptized.
HOW SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
At Rise, we practice baptism by immersion. This means we set up a portable tank of water and fully immerse the person being baptized under that water. Jesus was baptized by immersion, so we want to follow in his footsteps.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him...”