BE BAPTIZED! YES, YOU
The Apostle Paul tells his own baptism story in Acts 22. After he encountered the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was approached by a Christian named Ananias who restored his sight then said to him, "Now, what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name."
Perhaps you are at that crossroad in your life right now. You have come to realize the truth about Jesus and believe that he is the Lord and your Savior. Now, what? As Ananias said, Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name."
Shortly before his ascension back to heaven, Jesus gathered his followers for some final exhortations. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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." (Matthew 28:18-20) In these clear and simple words, Jesus commanded that his followers be baptized. What did he mean? and what does his baptism look like?The Bible clearly describes Christian baptism as a burial in water, for baptism is a metaphor for the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:3-5) Likewise, the word used for baptism in the New Testament Greek means to dip or immerse. Every record of baptism in the book of Acts confirms that baptism is always by immersion, never by sprinkling or pouring of water over the head. (Mark 1:5, John 3:23, Acts 8:34-36)
Q: Who should be baptized?
A: Acts 2:37-42, Acts 8, baptism is inseparable from belief and repentance.
Conclusion: In these and all accounts of conversions in the book of Acts, a person was baptized after they believed and repented of their sins. The decision to be baptized was solely the choice of the believer being baptized. It was never done on infants or without the consent of believer.
A: To follow Christ's example, Mark 1
A: Jesus commanded it, Matthew 28:19
A: It was the New Testament pattern, Acts 18:8
A: To wash away our sins by the grace of Jesus, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21.
Conclusion: The bottom line is obedience. Jesus set the example by being baptized himself then commanded us to be baptized in like manner. 1 John 2:3
A: Acts 2:41, that same day
A: Acts 8:35-38, 16:33, as soon as the decision is made to follow Jesus
A: Acts 19:5, as soon as you know the truth about baptism.
Conclusion: There is no reason to delay. As soon as a person believes and repents, be baptized.
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