Water baptism services are a terrific time with an atmosphere of celebration and joy as friends and family members gather to show their support to those taking this significant step in their spiritual journey.
Why be baptised in water?
First of all, because Jesus commanded it (see Mark 16:16. Matthew 28:16-20) and obedience to his commands is a demonstration of our love for him (John 14:15). Water baptism isn’t necessary for salvation but it’s the next step Jesus calls us to take after we choose to follow him.
Jesus himself was baptised in water (Matthew 3:13-17), giving us an example to follow, and Christians in the first century continued the practice, most of them being baptised in water the same day they placed their trust in Christ (Acts 2:41; 8:36-38; 16:33).
Secondly, water baptism is a meaningful spiritual experience:
- It’s way for us to make a public confession of our faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ.
- We have God’s name placed upon us – the family name – which is an important aspect of becoming part of God’s family, the church.
- We identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a symbolic but powerful way, we bury our old life of sin as we go down into the water and rise up out of the water to walk in the power of a new life.
If you haven’t been baptised yet, what are you waiting for? Why don’t you take a step today towards doing so. Speak to someone at your local church.
For those of you who have been baptised, daily acknowledge your commitment to Christ. Take up your cross each day. Die to self and live to God. Put off the old way of living and put on Christ and the new nature. Walk in the power of your baptism.