Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptised when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptised, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
What is Baptism?
When Christians are baptised, they fulfil the command of Jesus (Matthew 28:19–20) and are submerged in water to identify with the death of Jesus and rise out of the water to identify with his resurrection
(Romans 6:1–10; Colossians 2:12).
This identification with the death, burial, and resurrection through baptism testifies to the fact that we believe in faith that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose three days later, and now is alive and Lord over all of creation.
Who should be Baptised?
If you’ve made a commitment to Jesus, we encourage you to follow Jesus’ command to be baptised as a public profession of your faith in him.
If you haven’t made a commitment to Jesus, you can learn more about him; talk with a Christian friend or a church leader about it. Make a prayer of commitment to Jesus and we then invite you to be baptised to make public confession of your faith.
What is the significance of baptism?
Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
- You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized.” (Acts 2:41)
- You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
“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 6:4)
- You are part of a new family.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26–27)
I have already been baptised. Should I be baptised again?
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptised again