What is baptism and why do we get baptised?
Being baptised in Jesus’ name shows your identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-8; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21). In baptism, you as a believer are publicly testifying that when Christ died on the cross for your sins, you died to your former life of sin against God. But as Christ was raised from the dead, so you were also raised to eternal life in relationship with him. Baptism is thus a public declaration, and a picture of the salvation found in Christ.
Jesus commanded his followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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). The book of Acts shows that this is precisely what the apostles did after being filled with the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:41; 8:12, 38; Acts 9:18; 10:48; 16:15, 33; 18:8). As Peter told a crowd, “Repent and let each of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38).
In the New Testament, we consistently see that when people responded to the preaching of the gospel with faith and repentance, they were immediately baptised. Thus, conversion and baptism are very closely related. In light of these biblical truths, all Christians should seek to be baptised, and we encourage you to be baptised if you’ve put your trust in Christ.
Can I get baptised if I’ve been baptised before? What if I was baptised as a baby?
Baptism is a public identification of your faith in Christ and commitment to follow him. We would only encourage you to be baptised more than once if your initial baptism was not out of a sincere belief in Jesus.
Does baptism save?
Several passages, on the surface, seem to teach that baptism saves (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). In all these cases, however, faith in Jesus comes first. The biblical order is repentance and belief, then baptism. Scripture is abundantly clear that purification from sin is not the result of initiation (Acts 15:9; 1 John 1:9). However, the act of baptism is so closely related to the act of faith that they are often expressed as one act. Baptism is reserved for those who sincerely repent of their sins and place faith in the Lord Jesus. It is this faith in Christ that saves us from our sins.
Can I invite people? Should I?
Being baptised is a celebration of who Christ is and what he’s done in your life, so we encourage you to invite friends and family members to come to celebrate this event with you. Whether they are Christians or not, this is a great opportunity to show people what your faith in Jesus means to you as well as a chance for people to hear the gospel.