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Why Baptism?

I know baptism is a tricky subject. It seems like an extra step or another hoop to jump through. But baptism is not just something we are commanded to do (Matthew 28:19). Baptism itself is an act of worship in the life of a Christian. Psalm 103:11-12 (ESV) says, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”

Baptism is not only obedience, it is a celebration!

Christ died and was buried so that “we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4, ESV). When a person is lowered into the water, it symbolizes the burial of Jesus, and when that person is raised from the water, it symbolizes Christ’s resurrection, without which we would not be saved (1 Corinthians 15:13-14).

When you stepped into salvation, you crossed from death to life. Jesus does not just change lives, He raises lives. Jesus defeated death once and for all and His death gave you and me the possibility of being separated from our sins forever! “For the death He died, He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:10-11, ESV). Jesus’s resurrection allows me to spend my eternity with Him, because His death separated my sins from me. That’s worth celebrating!


  • Has there ever been a time when you said “yes” to Jesus, but “no” to baptism because it was too public?
  • Considering Matthew 28 and Romans 6, is baptism a next step that you need to take?

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