Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment is to following Him. It’s the next step after salvation. It is a tangible step toward obedience in holiness and righteousness.
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.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life and heart. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
2. Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized himself (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
4. Do you baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but the children are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
We, at Raleigh First, prefer to wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. That age is different for everyone.
We also love to partner with parents to dedicate babies and children as unto the Lord. When the parent feels the child is old enough to understand salvation and baptism we will proceed with baptism at their request.
5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?
Technically, we can administer baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, according to the choice of the one being baptized. There is no real difference and is according to the applicant. At Raleigh First, our tradition has been immersion, within a worship service, where the story of life change and public new life can be witnessed and celebrated by all of the congregation.
6. Do I need to be baptized again?
You only need to be baptized once. If you have been saved, baptized and have fallen away from the Lord it is time to pray a prayer of rededication. Rededication to the Lord’s way of holiness gives Him the assurance that you have repented, turned from your sinful ways, and are ready to surrender to Him.
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.
Is baptism your next step? Let us know.