Commit to Christ
Who Should be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ
Acts 2:41 "Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized."
Acts 8:12 "But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News...and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women."
Acts 8:36,38 "As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, 'Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?' And he orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him."
What is the Meaning of Baptism
It illustrates Jesus' burial and resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 "Christ died for our sins...He was buried...and He rose again."
Colossians 2:12 "For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ."
It illustrates your new life as a Christian.
Baptism doesn't make you a believer, it demonstrates that you already believe. Baptism is the place where you sign the covenant with God. Baptism is like a wedding ring -- it's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF OUR COVENANT COMMITMENT WITH GOD.
Romans 6:4 "By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead...so also we may live a new life."
1 Peter 3:21 "...and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also -- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
Matthew 3:16 "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water."
Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
Acts 8:38-39 "...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." The word "Baptize" actually means "to dip under water."
Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!"
Why Should You Be Baptized?
To Follow the example set by Christ.
Matthew 3:15 "Jesus replied, 'Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.' Then John consented."
Mark 1:9 "At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan."
Because Christ commanded it.
Matthew 28:18-20 "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.'"
It demonstrates that you really are a believer.
Acts 18:8 "...many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized."
1 John 2:3 "We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey his commands."
When Should You Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed.
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect," you'll never be ready.
Acts 2:41 "Those who believed...were baptized...that day."
Acts 8:35-38 "Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, 'Look, here is water! Why shouldn't I be baptized right now?' Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.' The man answered, 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.' So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him."
What if You were Baptized as an infant?
Some churches baptize infants. At La Habra Christian Church, we don't. We only baptize those who have made a decision to believe in Christ's death as a payment from their sin. In the Bible, men and women were baptized following their belief in Jesus.
The custom of infant baptism began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. It's a ceremony intended to emphasize a commitment between the parents and God on behalf of the child. During this ceremony, the parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ.
At La Habra Christian Church, we have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasize the parents' role in raising a child to follow Christ. Therefore, if you were baptized as a baby, we encourage you to be baptized by immersion as a believer, as the Bible has instructed us.