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JOURNEY Student Baptism

Have questions about Baptism? This just might help….

We are excited that you are interested in baptism! At Journey Student Ministry, we believe that baptism is an important “next step” of obedience for every person wanting to follow Jesus.

Who Should Be Baptized?

Christians are people who believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin. Baptism is to a relationship with Jesus what the wedding ceremony is to a marriage.

As you look through the book of Acts (the beginning of the Church), baptism is the primary way that people showed faith in accepting Jesus' love as payment for their sin. The simple truth is that if you want to follow Christ as Savior, baptism is the first thing you need to do – there is nothing magic about the act, but there is something special about expressing faith in this kind of obedience. It is like the wedding is to marriage ... the ceremony by which you commit your faith and life to someone, only this time it’s a commitment to the most important person of all - Jesus Christ.

Why Be Baptized?

  • “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them” (Matt. 28:19)
  • Jesus followers obeyed His command to be baptized. (Acts 2:41 & 8:38)
  • Baptism shows obedience to God’s command.
  • Jesus set the example. (Mark 1:9)
  • Baptism is an outward picture of what Christ has done inside of you.
  • “Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” (Romans 6:4)

What Baptism Shows?

Baptism is the way of showing others what it means to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It shows what is taking place in his/her heart at the time of salvation.

  • Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior.
  • Sharing in His death and resurrection illustrated by going under the water (dead to our old life), and then rising again (new life).
  • Being symbolically washed clean, our sins being forgiven by His death on the cross.

Is immersion essential?

To salvation? No (Eph. 2:8-9)
To obedience? Yes (Matt. 3:13-15)