“And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’”
Acts 22:14-16 ESV


Baptism is the act of being immersed (put under) water. When we get baptized, we are making a statement to the world that we believe and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are not ashamed to let it be known that Jesus Christ is our Lord & Savior. Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By being baptized, we too have died and been resurrected. We have died to our old way of living, and now live a more rewarding life in Christ Jesus. Although it does not save you, all believers should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as an act of obedience to God’s Word. Let’s read what God says about baptism:
“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,…
Matthew 28:19 ESV
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. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” 
Romans 6:4-5 ESV



Why Baptism?

Healthy families have family pride; members are not ashamed to be recognized as part of the family. Sadly, some church members never publicly identify themselves with God’s family by being baptized. Baptism is not some optional ritual to be delayed or postponed. It signifies your inclusion in God’s family. Baptism declares your faith, shares Christ’s burial and resurrection symbolizes your death to your old life and announces your new life in Christ. It is also a celebration of your inclusion in God’s family.

Your baptism is a physical picture of a spiritual truth. It represents what happened the moment God brought you into His family. Baptism does not make you a member of God’s family; only faith in Christ does that, but it is a visible reminder of an inward commitment made in your heart. The Bible says faith is something we do; not just what we feel. The only biblical condition is that you believe. If you haven’t been baptized as an expression of your faith in Christ, do so!

“It’s judgment time for Christians. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s message.”
1 Peter 4:17-19 TMB


Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon