The next step after salvation is to tell others about your decision to follow Christ! Baptism doesn't make you a believer -- it shows that you already believe!
What is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It is a public declaration that Jesus has saved you! Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus and gives them the opportunity to celebrate this decision with you. (Acts 16:31-34)
Baptism doesn’t save us - it is a symbol and celebration of what Jesus already did, on the cross and in our hearts. (1 Cor. 15:3-4, Rom. 6:4)
Why should I be baptized?
Why is baptism important? Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized Himself. (Mat. 28:19-20, Mark 1:9)
Obedience to Jesus shows the world that we know and follow Him. (1John 2:3). It’s a very public way to demonstrate our love for Him. (John 14:15)
When should I be baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who has met Jesus (salvation) is ready to be baptized. (Acts 2:41)
Do you baptize children?
As parents we long to point our children to Jesus, but only they can make the decision to follow Him.
At Nebo Crosssing we wait until children are old enough to understand salvation and make that decision for themselves. (Rom. 10:9). If your child has met Jesus, explain what baptism is and what it means. We've included some great links for more tips and info on children and baptism. (Any external links are provided as an additional resource for you. We cannot vouch for their entire websites or ministries.)
Does it matter if I’m immersed or sprinkled?
Every example of baptism in the Bible was by immersion. That’s how Jesus was baptized. (Mark 1:10)
Baptism is symbolic. Sinking beneath the water and rising again is a beautiful picture of the gospel - Jesus’ death and burial, and resurrection to conquer sin and death. (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Being submersed also represents our death to sin and our old selves, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a new life in Him. (Rom. 6:3-5)
Do I need to be baptized again?
If you have not been baptized by immersion since you made the decision to follow Jesus we would love to help you take the next step of baptism. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again. (Acts 2:41)
Any external links are provided as an additional resource for you. We cannot vouch for their entire websites or ministries.