What is baptism? Baptism is largely misunderstood by many people in our day. The word ‘baptism’ comes from the Greek word baptidzo meaning ‘to immerse or submerge’. In the first century, the Greeks used the word to refer to the dyeing of a garment by submerging the cloth into a chosen color or the dipping of a cup into a bowl to draw out water or wine.
Why should I get baptized? Because Jesus commanded it (Matt. 28:19, 20). Jesus Himself was baptized in this manner and throughout the New Testament, baptidzo or ‘immersion baptism’, was always done by a repentant believer making a public statement of conversion (Matthew 3:11-17). Because salvation is spiritual and invisible to the eye, baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward work of God.
Baptism pictures: 1. Dying with Jesus to your sin—being submerged in the water, 2. Rising with Jesus to new life—coming up out of the water, 3. Declaring your public allegiance to Jesus—leaving the water to follow Him
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