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Why Get Baptised

Jesus our example

Jesus was baptised. He was not a sinner, but in act of obedience he provided us an example to follow.

 “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9

Jesus commanded it

Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to what Jesus commanded.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

You follow Jesus

Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus. It is a public declaration of your faith in Jesus. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith, and is an important foundation for the Christian life.

“Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38

What does baptism mean?

It’s about Jesus

It is a symbol of Jesus’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Jesus’s death on the cross, his burial in the tomb, and his resurrection from the grave.

“…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12

It’s a symbol

We bury the ‘old life’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. We have been forgiven. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily basis. Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not ‘save’ you; only your faith in Christ does that.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

It connects us

In baptism there is a real sense of being joined with other believers, not just participating in an individual act of our own spiritual journey.

“…For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13


How do we get baptised?

As Jesus was baptised by being immersed in water. The word “baptise” comes from the Greek word baptizo which means “to immerse or dip under water”. 

“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16

Who should be baptised?

Every person who has made the decision to follow Jesus. The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! 

“Those who accepted his message were baptised…” Acts 2:41 

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12

When should you be baptised?

As soon as you have made a decision to follow Jesus! One shouldn’t wait. Believers in the New Testament were baptised the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can and should be baptised. 

“Those who accepted his message were baptised…” Acts 2:41

Will I say anything?

The person  or pastor doing the baptism will ask you if you have decided to follow Jesus. To which you will reply, “yes”.

What should I bring?

  • Bathers
  • Change of clothing
  • Towel
  • a Bag for your wet clothes


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