“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was
baptized by John in the river” (Mark 1:9).
2. Because Christ commands it.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere
and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded
you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
3. It demonstrates I really am a believer.
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…and He
rose again” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
“For when you were baptized, you were buried
with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ”
4. It illustrates my new life as a Christian
“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a
brand new person inside. The old self has passed away and a new life has
begun” (2 Corinthians 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!” (Romans 6:4).
5. Baptism does not 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 is the outward symbol of
the commitment you made 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”