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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Water Baptism is an important step for all believers, and a public declaration of new life through God’s mercy, grace and forgiveness. When we commit our lives to Jesus, there is a transformation that takes place. It might not be seen immediately, but it happens. It’s a heart deal. Your heart changes and you really are a new creation. As you go beneath the water, baptism is a picture of your old life being gone, and when you’re raised out of the water, it symbolizes that new life has come."Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
Baptism is a tremendous act of obedience and it’s something that you do because Jesus said that we are to do it. It's demonstrating to God and others, right from the beginning, that we are going to do our best to obey what Jesus says and follow his example. "For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." Romans 6:4 (NLT)
How old must I be to be baptized?
Generally baptism should be done when a person understands the basic foundations of their faith and is capable of sharing them.
“Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)
What if I have been baptized before?
Often this question arises because an individual feels they have not lived according to their faith and have recently rededicated their life to God. The Bible doesn’t tell us how often to be baptized, but that we should do everything in our faith sincerely. Being re-baptized to again publicly announce your future with Jesus could never be something viewed as wrong.
” But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)
Who can baptize me?
The act of baptism is not restricted to just Pastors. In many cases, people like to involve a person who led them to Christ, or someone who has been a key support in their faith journey. When you connect with a Pastor to prepare for your baptism, you can make arrangements to involve someone (or a group of people) in your baptism plans, if they are where close accountability and discipleship for your spiritual growth is occurring.