Throughout the New Testament when a person makes their own choice to become a follower of Jesus, we see that they get baptized.
QUESTIONS ABOUT BAPTISM?
People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? What if I’ve already been baptized—do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? Take a few minutes to read the answers to these 6 common questions about baptism.
Baptism marks the beginning of a new life with Jesus. We never get tired of seeing Jesus change hearts. Listen to Emily’s story here to hear the story behind recent baptism and changed life.
1. What is baptism?
A commanded step of obedience for people who have put their faith in Jesus. (See: Acts 16:31-34).
2. Why should I get baptized?
Baptism was modeled and instructed by Jesus, it illustrates your new life as a christian, and baptism also shows your commitment of faith to your church community! There are many other great reasons as well these are just a few. (See: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:27, 1 Corinthians 12:13)
3. When’s the best time to get baptized?
As soon as you decided to trust Jesus for salvation and follow him. In the Bible people seem to get baptized as soon as they believe. We can’t think of any good reasons to wait!
4. Do you baptize children?
At Momentum, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the work of Jesus and their commitment to Him before we baptize them. This is best decided through a conversation with child, parents and a Momentum leader.
Some churches practice a baptism of confirmation for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on 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. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe in Jesus and comprehend the commitment they were making.
5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (See: Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (See: Romans 6:3-5).
6. Do I need to be baptized again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.