It is a huge part of being a Christian. We must have Salvation, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and Water Baptism. I guess your #1 question is, “How do I know if I need to be water baptized?” Ask yourself this… Have I ever been water baptized?
If you answered, “No”, then “yes” you should. All Christians should be water baptized
If you answered, “Yes”, was it your decision? If “No” then you should consider being baptized because our relationship with Jesus is personal.
If you said, “Yes”, have you stayed on fire and after the things of God since then? If anytime since then you have backslid you should consider being baptized again.
If you have not been living for God or have found yourself back-sliding you should consider getting baptized again. Make this your line in the sand with God that from this day forward you are leaving the old person behind and going 100% after the things of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
What is water baptism?
Water baptism is leaving your old man behind and realizing you are a new creature in Christ. The act of being submerged under water does 2 things.
1. Acknowledges your faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
2. Acknowledges that when you accepted Jesus you also died to the flesh and rose again in Christ
Romans 6:1–5 (Message Bible) So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace — a new life in a new land! That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
Jesus was baptized in Matthew 3:13–17. We are called to be like Jesus in 1 John 2:6.
On Sunday nights we have learned about making choices. God has revealed incredible things to us and we are ready to make right choices from here on out. Draw the line in the sand and make a choice to never look back at that old man/woman.
1 Peter 3:21 (Message Bible) The waters of baptism do that for you, not by washing away dirt from your skin but by presenting you through Jesus’ resurrection before God with a clear conscience.
Check out this testimony:
“I made that choice to draw the line in the sand in 2007. I grew up in church but I walked away from the things of God as a teen. It wasn’t until 2006 when I realized I am nothing without Christ. I was born again July 2006. I felt like I wanted to get water baptized but I didn’t know if that was, “OK”. I asked a friend of mine if I could get water baptized again and she said I probably should since I had not lived for God. She told me to expect to leave the old man behind when I went under the water and to expect to come up differently. I was so excited I quickly changed clothes and jumped in the water. Let me tell you, the person that came up was definitely not the same one that went down. It was like my insides had been washed and I knew that I was a New Creature in Christ. That day marks a significant time in my life.”
Like salvation, this is a personal decision because it’s a personal relationship between you and Christ. Go into your baptism expecting a change and leave the old man/woman in the water for good.
Have a great rest of the week. We love you guys and God Bless
Sam and Lacy Coley