How to Become A Christian
Why is it so important to be baptized?
1. To follow the example set by CHRIST: "At that time Jesus
came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river" (Mark
2. Because Christ COMMANDS it!: "Jesus said, 'Go then,
to all the people everywhere and make them disciples, baptize
them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew
3. It demonstrates that I really am a BELIEVER : "...those
who believed..were baptized and added to the church" (Acts
What is the meaning of baptism?
1. It illustrates Christ's burial and resurrection: "Christ
died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." 1
Cor. 15:3-4 "For when you were baptized, you were buried
with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." Col.
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian "When someone
becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The
old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" 2 Cor.
5:17 "By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and
shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from
the dead... so also we may live a new life!" Rom. 6:4
3. Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already
believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith
in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it's the
outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. "For
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the
gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians
Why be baptized by immersion?
1. The original word for baptize in the
New Testament means "to
immerse or dip under water".
2. Because Jesus was baptized that way. "As soon as Jesus
was baptized, He went up out of the water." Matt. 3:16
3. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Example) "...then
both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized
him. When they came up out of the water..." Acts 8:38-39
4. It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
5. The founders of denominations agree: Martin Luther... "I
would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed,
as the work imports and the mystery signifies." John Calvin... "The
word 'baptize' signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion
was the practice of the ancient church." John Wesley... "Buried
with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the
custom of the first church."
Who should be baptized?
1. Every person who has believed in Christ "Those who believed
and accepted His message were baptized..." Acts 2:41; "Simon
himself believed and was baptized..." Acts 8:13; "But
when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and
the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts
2. We wait until our children are old enough
to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before
we baptize them.
o Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for
o This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents
and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise
their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make
his own personal confession of Christ.
o This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
o This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible
which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is
to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
o It is a membership requirement that every member
must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though
some of us were "confirmed" as children.
When should I be baptized?
1. As soon as you have believed. "Those who believe...were
baptized...that day!" Acts 2:41 "Then Philip began
with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As
they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the
man said, 'Look, here is water! Why shouldn't I be baptized right
now?' Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.'
The man answered, 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God.' So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him." Acts
2. There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to
receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.
If you wait until you are "perfect", you'll never feel "good