What Does Baptism Mean?

From Going Public: A 7-Day Devotional About Baptism and Why It Matters

Big Idea: No matter what's in our past, baptism is a mark of how Jesus has changed us.

Baptism is a picture of death, burial, and resurrection. It means going public with our faith in Jesus and symbolizes that once we come out of the water, we are not the person we were when entering in. We are no longer defined by our sin, but brought to new life with Jesus like He resurrected into new life.

Being baptized is not equal to salvation, but it shows a picture of salvation.

Think of it like a ring symbolizes marriage. If you take your wedding ring off, you are no less married; however, with it on, it shows the rest of the world that you are committed in a relationship unlike anything else.

You have been made new in your salvation, and baptism is a symbol to those watching—and to those you tell later—that you are no longer a slave to sin and death but are alive in Christ. Because of Jesus, everyone can live in freedom.

Reflect:

  • In your own words and including your personal story, how would you explain what baptism means? Share this with a friend or family member today.

October 11, 2015

Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Does Being Baptized Mean All Your Problems Are Fixed?

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Session 2

What Does Baptism Mean?

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Session 3

Why Did People Celebrate When You Were Baptized?

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Session 4

What Changes When You Go Public?

The Big Idea: Saying Jesus is Lord of your life changes everything. Baptism is going public in saying that Jesus is Lord of your life....

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Session 5

Do You Need to be Baptized Again?

Big Idea: Doubts don’t have to keep you away from Jesus; they can drive you closer to Him. Am I really saved? Does God really want me...

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Session 6

After You’ve Been Baptized, What’s Next?

Big Idea: Following Jesus isn’t easy, but it is simple. Baptism is a public symbol of our decision to trust and follow Jesus. In a mom...

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Session 7

How Do You Figure Out What God Wants You to Do with Your Life?

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