Welcome to our 'understanding baptism' porthole. Here you will be able to learn what baptism is and what is expected on the day you are baptised.
At the end of this introduction is the four steps of learning, you can do them all at once or come back and continue the steps at your pleasure. Once you have gone through the four steps you can apply for your name to be added to the next list of people to be baptised.
BAPTISM is a symbolic way to identify with a spiritual truth by a public demonstration.
The main thing for us to realise now is that we have sold ourselves out to God and His kingdom through accepting the death and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ. By being born again, we are now able to take the next step in our journey by being water baptised (fully immersed).
By being baptised you give testimony to the fact that you have become dead to self and alive to God. Those who believe are commanded to be baptised. This is commonly known as the believer’s baptism.
MARK 16:16 AMP - He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him whom it sets forth] and is BAPTIZED will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]...
ROMANS 6:1-14 AMP - What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God]. We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.
For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men]. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. Even so consider yourself also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.
Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness. For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].
As you rise from the water, see yourself through the eyes of faith. Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God, living in unbroken fellowship with Him in Christ Jesus. You are presenting your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. God sees this as your reasonable service of worship (Romans 12:1).
BUT I’VE BEEN CHRISTENED!
There is one aspect of baptism of which people are unaware and I believe it to be most significant. That is, the fact that water baptism also cleanses your conscience. You could say that it gets rid of all the filth you have accumulated over the years when you seared your conscience (Titus 1:15).
This scripture in 1 Peter shows us why you need to be baptised even though you may have been christened at a younger age by your parents.
1 PETER 3:21, AMP - And baptism, which is a figure of deliverance, does now also save you from inward questioning and fears, not by the removing of outward body filth, but by providing you with the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Some people think that if you have been christened there is no need to be baptised. Let me ask you this question: “Does a baby have inward questionings and fears, or is there a need for a good clear conscience?”
Many people have been baptised or Christened as small children. For some this is held as a very significant event; a moment when their parents took special vows on their behalf. Without wanting to diminish anyone’s past experience, it is important to consider that the only form of baptism recorded and instructed in the New Testament is that of believers being baptised by full immersion in water. Actually, there is genuine uncertainty concerning both the historical origins and the social and theological reasons for infant baptism. As the first command of the Christian life, being baptised is the action whereby we witness to our faith and signify our unity with Christ in His death and resurrection. We encourage you to take this step of basic obedience really seriously, whether or not you were baptised as a child. It is worth taking time to talk this through carefully with a trusted friend or leader.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER BAPTISM?
The significance of water baptism in the physical is a little hard to explain, but I would like to say this: if the only reason you get water baptised is because of obedience to the scriptures, that to me is a good enough reason.
What you are demonstrating to yourself, the world, the devil and all the witnesses at your water baptism is this faith confession:
“I wish to demonstrate physically by my water baptism and my confession of faith, that from this day forward I will and I have handed my life and problems over to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, in all that I do and say.”
From experience, I have found that a believer who has not been water baptised finds it very difficult to overcome the devil in their life, because the One in them, in their eyes, is not greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)
Why is this? I cannot tell you why this is, but this I do know; that if a believer is having great problems in their life that they find impossible to overcome, generally I have found that person has not been water baptised. My conclusion is this; that there is more spiritual significance to water baptism than we mere mortals realise.
Let me leave you with this thought: If the Bible tells me to get baptised I will, because I know that God only wants the best for me and His Word always works. Because of obedience you will receive the blessings of God. You don’t always need to know how or why – if you trust that God has only your best interests at heart, you will then obey without question. Then you will see the results in your life.
There is another element to your salvation that also become much clearer after the obedient act of baptism, that is the understanding of your righteousness in Christ and your ability to recognise that sin has no right to dominate you and your life any more. Have a look at this scripture, it is tell you that your baptism symbolised the rising of a new clean start and it gives you a reflection point of what Jesus did for you at the cross.
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
If you have not been baptised can I encourage you too, it will be the best thing for you to do to live a life of blessing and satisfaction in God.
If l was fully immersed in baptism before, but it didn’t mean anything, can l be baptised again?
Being baptised by full immersion is one off the first steps of the Christian life. It’s not something we earn the right to do or something reserved for people who have attained some sort of higher spiritual level. It is also not something that people do again and again to try to heal a rift between themselves and God. The New Testament teaches about one baptism. Some people may have previously been baptised in a tradition that teaches full immersion believers baptism; however, they might have taken the step because they somehow felt pressured, or for reasons other than their trust and hope in Christ. If that’s the case and you’re considering being baptised again, take the time to talk through your decision with a trusted friend or leader.