WATER BAPTISM

WHY SHOULD A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST BE BAPTIZED?

1. To follow the example set by Jesus.
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

2. Because Jesus said that all of His disciples should be baptized.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20)

3. Baptism demonstrates that a person has truly believed the gospel.
“…many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.” (Acts 18:8)

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. It pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) ”…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him.” (Colossians 2:12)

2. It pictures the washing away of my sin. “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)
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