Firstly, baptism is a loving act of obedience to the explicit command of our Lord. Christ commanded His disciples to be baptized. Secondly, baptism is a public testimony of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, when a person received Christ, they gave public testimony through baptism. (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:41; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:15, 16:33)
Baptism is for those who have made a personal declaration of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. You need to believe Jesus lived a perfect life and suffered and died to pay the penalty of your sin. Baptism is a public confession to the world that Jesus is now Lord of your life. This is what is meant by “believer’s baptism.”( Acts 2:41; 8:37-38; 10:43-48; John 10:27; 2 Corinthians 7:10)
Immersion is considered the scriptural mode of baptism for a few reasons. The word “baptize” in the New Testament means “to dip, plunge, submerge, immerse.” In the New Testament, the two accounts of baptism clearly indicate immersion. (Jesus, Mark 1:9-10; and the Ethiopian eunuch, Acts 8:38-39) Immersion is the only method of baptism that pictures a death, burial, and resurrection.
Ready to be baptized?
Before baptism, you need to confess your sins and turn away from them. It is a conscious choice to put your past behind you and start a new life walking with God.
As far as age, many are ready at 9 or 10 years of age, some at 7 or 8. Some are not ready at 12 or 13. No age is specified in the Bible because children have different levels of experience and understanding. Some are ready for baptism earlier than others.
If you feel you are ready to take that step of obedience and be baptized, contact our church office and set up an appointment to meet with one of our pastors.