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Christian baptism is immersion in water as a public statement of one’s new identity in Christ, having received Him by faith as Savior and Lord. Baptism does not save a person. Rather, baptism is the first act of obedience for one who has been saved. The model given to us in the Bible is that baptism immediately follows conversion.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41
  1. To follow the example set by Jesus.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9
  1. Because Christ Himself commands it.
“Then Jesus said to them… ‘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 28:19
  1. To publicly demonstrate that I really am a believer.
“And many… who heard him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
  1. To openly demonstrate my desire to obey Christ and my willingness to come under His Lordship in my life.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
  1. Baptism is the act that initiates the Christian into the fellowship of the believers.
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…” I Corinthians 12:13
  1. It illustrates Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for sins according to the Scriptures… He was buried… he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:3-4

“… Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
This is why baptism is done by immersion rather than by sprinkling.
  1. Baptism illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor. 5:17

“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.” Romans 6:5
  1. Those who hear the Gospel.
“… and many… who heard him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
  1. Those who believe in Christ.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved...” Mark 16:16
  1. Those who repent of sin.
  2. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38
  1. Those who confess Christ with their mouth.
“… If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
  1. Those who in good conscience pledge their life to Christ.
“… Baptism that now saves you… not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God.” I Peter 3:21

Note: Biblical prophetic scripture references following some news articles are noted only as possible partial fulfillment of the prophecies noted.

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