What is Biblical Baptism?
Water baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision to follow Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of your life. Not only does the Bible command us to be baptized, but Jesus Himself was water baptized by immersion. It is the first step of obedience after accepting Jesus as your Saviour.
Acts 2:41, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
Matthew 3:16a, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water...."
What Does Baptism Picture?
Picture 1: Jesus' Death
Jesus said He was God. He proved it by His life, HIs words, His actions, and His love.
Ephesians 2:4-5, "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Our sin separates us from God and requires the payment of death (Romans 3:23, 6:23). Yet, because Jesus died for you, you don't have to pay for your own sins!
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day..."
Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Picture 3: Jesus' Resurrection
Here's how Jesus said it:
John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life..."
John 11:25, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
Going to Heaven isn't about being good or religious. It's about trusting Jesus Christ alone.
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." —Romans 10:13