Why Be Baptised?
There are a number of reasons to be baptised such as, because Jesus showed us it is God's Will, it is an opportunity to declare publicly that we are devoted followers of Christ, for the forgiveness of sins, and our testimony gives voice to the marvelous power of God's Love working in and through us which changes us from the inside out. He exchanges our heart of stone for a heart of flesh (see: Ezekiel 36:26).
Qualifications for Baptism
So then. those who had RECEIVED HIS WORD were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41
But when they BELIEVED Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. Acts 8:12
And as they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" (And Philip said, "If you BELIEVE with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.") And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch; and he baptized him. Acts 8:36-38
Although it is true that verse 37 in the above text is omitted by the earlier manuscripts, the insertion of these words in later manuscripts indicate what was later considered by the church to qualify one for baptism.And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he arose and was baptized. Acts 9:18
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. And all the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, "Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be9 baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?" And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They asked him to stay on for a few days. Acts 10:44-48
And after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household." And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having BELIEVED in God with his whole household.Acts 16:30-34
And Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, BELIEVED in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were BELIEVING and being baptized. Acts 18:8
And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found some disciples, and he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism." And Paul said,
"John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to BELIEVE in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus." And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 19:1-5
Jesus Baptism and Example
The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. This event is recorded in the Canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. In John 1:29-33 John the Baptist bears witness to Jesus baptism. In the New Testament, John the Baptist preached a"baptism with water", not of forgiveness but of repentance for the remission of sins (Luke 3:3), and declared himself a forerunner to One who would baptize 'with the Holy Spirit and with fire' (Luke 3:16). In so doing he was preparing the way for Jesus. Jesus came to the Jordan River where he was baptised by John. The baptismal scene includes the Heavens opening, a dove-like descent of the Holy Spirit, and a voice from Heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased."
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." The Bible is clear that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works of any kind, including baptism (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Great Commission
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and surely I am with you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
Baptism is symbolic of and identifying with Jesus death, burial, and resurrection to a new life. Jesus baptism was an act of obedience toward God's Will. Recommended Resource: Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ by Schriener and Wright.
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born-again." John 3:3
Those who were baptised were believers in Jesus Christ. They had been born-again by the regenerating work of God the Holy Spirit in conjunction with their personal faith in Him as the Son of God and sacrifice for their sin.
If you have been searching for love, significance, meaning, security, and contentment regardless of your circumstances then turn to Jesus Christ, repent and be baptised in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Is God Calling You to Be Baptised?
If you believe that God is calling you to be baptised or if you have any questions I would be pleased to speak with you. For more information or to arrange your baptism please contact Reverend, Joanne Moss.
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