Not Ashamed Of Following Jesus
Water Baptism“Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?”
What Is Baptism?
Outward SymbolBaptism is the outward and visible symbol of an inward, and unseen, rebirth.
At conversion we are “baptised into Christ” (Gal_3:27), signifying a spiritual baptism into the body of Christ.
Water baptism graphically depicts what has happened to a person who has become a Christian.
As they go down under the water they depict Christ’s death and their own death to self.
As they come up out of the water they depict Christ’s resurrection and their own rising to a new life (Romans 6:1-14).
In the Old Testament the crossing of the Red Sea was a type of baptism through which the Israelites were cut off from Egypt and slavery.
(1Corinthians 10:2, 1Peter 3:21).
Public Confession - Showing The World That You Are Not Ashamed Of Following JesusBaptism is a public confession of an inward and personal commitment.
In many cases it is only when Christians are baptised that persecution becomes heavy, because of the public nature of this confession of faith.
Why Must We Be Baptised?
ObedienceJesus commanded it:
“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.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jesus’ ExampleJesus set the example by being baptised by John (Mathew 3:13-17).
When John the Baptist tried to deter Jesus from being baptised he replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
Baptism indicated He was consecrated to God and “officially” approved by Him (seen in the Holy Spirit’s descent, and the Father’s words of affirmation).
At Jesus’ baptism, John publicly declared Him to be the Messiah.
Jesus identified with man’s sin although He had no need to repent Himself.
His baptism was an example to His followers.
The Early Church’s ExampleThe first converts in Jerusalem (Acts 2:37-41).
The Samaritans (Acts 8:12-13).
The Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:36-38).
Paul (Acts 9:17, Acts 22:16).
Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:33-48).
Lydia and her household (Acts 16:13-15).
The Philippian jailer (Acts 16:31-34).
Crispus and other Corinthians (Acts 18:8).
It is important to understand that baptism, in itself, doesn’t save anyone, but for those who repent and believe.
It is outward obedience necessary for proving inward repentance.
Who Must Be Baptised?All believers must be baptised: It is not infant baptism or adult baptism, but believers’ baptism.
Only believers can be baptised. Baptism is the symbol of existing change, not the cause of change.
What About Infant Baptism?Babies cannot repent. Jesus was not baptised as an infant.
He was dedicated to the Lord in Luke 2:22. Children who are old enough to understand the gospel and able to exercise personal faith can be baptised.
This can happen at a very young age because the gospel is simple enough for a child to understand.
Backsliders who return to Christ should not be “re-baptised” as baptism is a once-for-all act, just as being born again is not a recurring event.
When Must We Be Baptised?Upon conversion. In the early church people were baptised as soon as they believed.
On the day of Pentecost, “Those who accepted his message were baptised, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”
(Acts 2:41) Paul was baptised as soon as he believed.
Conversion and baptism were almost simultaneous in the early church, often happening on the same day. See, for example, Acts 10:47-48.
Where Must We Be Baptised?Anywhere! We don’t need baptismal fonts etc. The nearest water after conversion will do.
See, for example, Acts 8:38-40.
Who Can Baptise?Any believer may baptise. It does not need to be an elder or leader.
Philip, who baptised the Ethiopian eunuch, was an evangelist.
How Are We Baptised?
By ImmersionWe baptise by immersion, not by sprinkling (Act_8:38-39). Both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him.
“When they came up out of the water.” (Act_8:39a).
The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word, “baptiso”, which means “to immerse, dip, plunge into or bury”
and is always used in its intensive form meaning to completely submerge.
Into The Name Of The Father, Son And Holy SpiritWe baptise into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
(Matthew 28:18, Galatians 3:27). The emphasis was that this is Christian baptism, not Jewish, pagan or John’s baptism.
ConclusionIn conclusion, baptism is a simple act of obedience to the revealed Word of God.
It invites God’s blessing and establishes us on a godly foundation.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
Water Baptism ChainActs 2:38-39