The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ.  Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.  People often have questions regarding baptism:  Why should I be baptized?  I've already been baptized.  Do I have to do it again? 

Who should be baptized? 

According to Scripture, every person who has believed in Jesus Christ should be baptized after accepting Him

(Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12-13; Acts 9:18).

Why be baptized?

It is an opportunity to obey the Lord Jesus' command (Matthew 28:18-20), to imitate His example (Luke 3:21),

and to "witness" to others that you are now a Christian (Acts 2:41).

When should we be baptized?

As shown in the New Testament, new believers were baptized as soon as possible after believing in Christ

(Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-39; Acts 9:18).

How should we be baptized?

The mode was always by immersion (the Greek word "baptizo" is consistently translated "to dip or immerse"), which demonstrates our death and burial by going under the water.  Rising up out of water is a vivid picture of our new life in Christ.  (Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38-39; Matthew 15:1-6).

Is baptism required for salvation? 

No.  We are saved by grace alone, thorough faith, and salvation is a free gift of God that cannot be earned by any good works.  Baptism is symbolic and simply an act of obedience to Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

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