Next Step ... Baptism

I.      Why Should I be baptized?


     A.   To follow Jesus’ example

          “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river” (Mark 1:9)


     B.   Because Christ commanded it.

          “Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the 
           name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have
           commanded you.’ ” (Matthew 28:19-30)


     C.   It demonstrates that I really am a believer.

          “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” (1John 2:3)


II.   What is the meaning of baptism?


     A.   It illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

          “Christ dies for our sins…He was buried…and He rose again.” (1Corinthians 15:3-4)


     B.   It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

          “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has
             passed away and a new life has begun.” (II Corinthians 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 6:4)


     C.   Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian.

          Only faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward sign of the
          commitment you have made in your heart (see Ephesians 2:8-9)


III.           Why Immersion?

           A.   Because that’s how Jesus was baptized.

                “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)


           B.   Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

                (for example) “…then both Phillip and the man went down into the water and Phillip baptized
                 him.”  (Acts 8:38-39)


           C.   The word “baptize” means “to dip under water.”


           D.   It best symbolizes a burial and a resurrection (see Romans 6:1-11).



     IV.   Who should be baptized?

            Every person who has believed in Christ.  A believer is someone who has realized that their sin
            has separated them from God.  They have given up all efforts to reach God through good 
            works or religious activity.  A believer is someone who has decided to trust Jesus alone for the
            salvation.  If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be


       V.     How do I go about getting baptized at Calvary?

             It’s pretty simple.  You can talk to one of our pastors during a weekend worship service.  Or you
             can contact the church office and schedule a time for you to be baptized.