Should I Get Baptized?

 by Rise Church

by Rise Church

Following Christ is not a decision you made in church one time - it's a journey you spend your whole life walking. Whether you've been a Christian for 30 years or 30 minutes, you have a next step in your faith journey.

If you've made the decision to follow Christ, but have not been baptized, this is the next step you need to take.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BAPTISM

Baptism is about publicly identifying with Jesus Christ.

Like wearing a wedding ring, baptism is about identifying with a person for the rest of your life. When we take that step of baptism, we are telling the world we belong to Jesus. Just like you should never keep your husband/wife a secret from the world, there should be no such thing as a private faith. Jesus died publicly for us, and baptism is our opportunity to go public for Him.

Baptism is about being obedient to Christ.

Jesus said clearly, "Go 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). The first thing Jesus commands us to do after we're saved is baptism. Some people say, "Oh I'll do anything for God." Well that's not a true statement if you haven't been baptized because that's one of the first things He asks you to do. If you have not been baptized, it's time! Sign up here.

Baptism is something we do after salvation.

In the early New Testament church, Peter preached one of the first recorded sermons to a crowd of thousands. 3,000 people were saved that day. The first thing Peter told them to do after salvation was to get baptized (Acts 2:38). This same thing continued to happen throughout the history of the early church. Baptism is a public declaration that we are becoming a new creation when we commit to following Jesus.

Baptism is a reminder.

Baptism serves as a powerful reminder that Jesus saved us. Being lowered into the water symbolizes how we are dead in our sin. Coming back out of the water symbolizes that our faith in Christ saved us from death and guarantees us eternal life.

Baptism is an opportunity to share the story of Jesus. Christ died to pay the price for our sins and restore our relationship with God. Three days after dying, Jesus rose from the grave which proved His power over sin and death.

He did THAT for us. The least we can do is obey one of His first commands in our faith journey.

If baptism is your next step, sign up here.