This weekend we’re celebrating Baptism at Tell Them Ministries International. We are incredibly excited for our new brothers and sisters in Christ and we look forward to sharing this spiritual milestone with them. Why do we believe in Baptism at Tell Them Ministries International?
Baptism is compulsory after repentance.
I am sure you heard about “The Great Commission” where Jesus tasked the church to go into the world to make disciples and to baptize all believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Similarly in the book of Acts in the New Testament we bear witness to the apostles doing just that—sharing the gospel and baptizing believers—as early as Acts 2 and in verse 41 it is written that “those who believed were baptized that very day.” Baptism is an important milestone in any believers life.
Baptism is an important act in identifying with Jesus
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, when we are baptised, we automatically follow the example He has set for us. Read (Matthew 3:13-17). Baptism identifies a believer in Jesus in another way. The act of being baptized or going under the water and then reemerging—is symbolic of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection into a new life. When we declare faith in Jesus, we are dead to our old life of sin and we are raised to new life in Christ. For this Paul urges the Romans to turn from their life of sin stating, “We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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 6:1-4).”
Baptism is a direct response to salvation
Baptism isn’t what saves; Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and our faith in His sacrifice on our behalf save us. Baptism is symbolic of the change that has taken place on the inside of us. It is a public declaration that Jesus has saved us from the wages of sin, which is death.