Not Your Father's Call to Baptism

3 reasons why you need to get baptized...


Too often people downplay baptism as though it's just some religious-y ritual that functionally means nothing. But hold on! The act of being baptized is not identifying with some abstract, meaningless, religious idea. No. It's embodying your connection to the King of Reality. Something holy--something other--happens at your baptism.

Think about it. Upon Jesus' own baptism God the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and God the Father audibly spoke approval over Him. When we are baptized, Jesus' approved and Spirit-filled life is inextricably woven into ours in a real way. (Romans 6:3–4)

Did you catch that? During baptism you're story is infused with Jesus' story. Think about the physical act a little more. You're re-telling the Gospel story with your body. You're saying: Jesus died, and I've died to my old self with him. You're saying: Jesus resurrected, and my life is resurrected in Him and will be resurrected after my death. That's not only beautiful, it is actually powerful.

Every time you face trials, temptations, or troubles, you can always think back to this tangible evidence of God's grace in your life. You've imprinted something of Jesus' life-changing story into your life's story. That has a real affect on your life forever.


Jesus isn't inviting you to be baptized. He isn't suggesting it. He's not providing one among a few other options. He's absolutely necessitating it. Jesus commands that you be baptized. 

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 28:18–19 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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"

Acts 2:38 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 you step into those waters in front of the church, it has an undeniable impact on everyone's heart. Have you been to a baptism? The moment someone steps into the waters, something thickens in the air. Everyone in the room is instantly drawn into the story of the individual in the water. You can feel it.

In fact, many people are often stirred to tears. The vulnerability and humility that is displayed by you simply  being willing to get baptized is so moving that the church body is deeply affected. Every. Single. Time.

You're saying: I'm no longer my own, but I've been purchased by the death of Jesus. He is my Savior. You're also saying: this is my church. You are my people. We are in this Jesus-following-thing together.

And with that: Jesus mission moves forward. Darkness gets pushed back. Light advances. The Kingdom takes new territory. Disciples are being raised up to saturate our city with Jesus' Gospel.

Is baptism sometimes an uncomfortable decision to make? Yep. Is it vulnerable? Certainly. Is it terrifying? Perhaps. But . . . it is unspeakably beautiful. 

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Nolan Tjaden

Nolan Tjaden

I grew up in Gresham where I first met Jesus and now I'm on mission with him at Rise with my wife Lindsey and two little rascals Ollie and Remy.

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