Water Baptism

  • Matthew 3:6  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  (See also Mark 1:5)
  • Matthew 3:11  I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (See also Mark 1:4, 8; Luke 3:3, 16; John 1:26, 33; John 3:22-23, 26)
  • Acts 8:12  But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  (Additional examples of water baptisms – Acts 16:33, Acts 19:5).
  • Romans 6:4  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Jesus gave us the following responsibility in Matthew 28:19-20:  “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.”  To be baptized in water requires you to have confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  It must be your choice to be baptized; no one can make it for you.  Water baptism is done for the remission of sins and is called the baptism of repentance (Acts 2:38, 13:24, 19:4).  Romans 6:4 explains that we were buried with Jesus through baptism into death and that, just like Jesus, we are raised to live a new life.

How to get baptized in water:
  1. Evangelical churches offer regular water baptisms as this is a requirement of God’s Word.  Therefore, inquire and take that step of obedience.

Call to action:
 Determine to obey the Bible’s direction and get baptized if you have never freely taken that step.  Obedience pleases the Father immensely.