Being baptized is an extremely important matter. It’s not just some empty ancient practice that we go through to somehow impress God. It has nothing to do with impressing God, and everything to do with obeying God.
Before a person is baptized, he or she must have already reached a decision about who Jesus is in their life. Jesus’ final words to His disciples (just before He ascended to heaven) included instructions to “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” (Matthew 28:19-20). So to be baptized, one must be a “disciple” of Jesus, which by definition means to be a follower of Jesus. And to be a disciple of Jesus, one must be prepared to observe (meaning obey) all (meaning all) that Jesus commanded. So for a person being baptized, the most important decision one has to come to about who Jesus is in their life is that “Jesus is Lord of my life.”
But why would this be one of Jesus’ demands of those who follow Him? Here are three briefly-stated reasons:
- It is a concrete step of obedience we can all take as an expression of faith that will produce spiritual fruit in the lives of those who take it (Colossians 2:12).
- It is an act that unites all of us in the Body of Christ who have taken this step of obedience in submission to Jesus’ Lordship (Ephesians 4:4-5).
- It is an evangelistic demonstration of the death of our sinful self (as we go under the water) and our resurrection to new life in Christ (as we come out of the water) for all who witness us being baptized (Romans 6:3-4).
So if you are a follower of Jesus, and have decided that He is to be Lord of your life, and if you’ve never been baptized, you are ready to be baptized for Jesus!
If you would like to be baptized, please click here to contact us to register for the preparation classes that happen before the baptism date.