Crossroads Baptist Church

Baptism: An outward expression of an inward decision

What is Baptism?
The Bible teaches that baptism is a symbol - an outward expression of an inward decision. As the wedding ring identifies a husband with his wife, so a baptism identifies a Christian with Christ.

Is Baptism for me?
The Bible teaches that baptism is for anyone who has personally accepted Christ as Savior. Baptism does not save you, or wash away your sin, it is simply an outward expression of an inward decision.

How should I be baptized?
Because Baptism is a picture of Christs death, burial, and Resurrection, only immersion correctly pictures this.

What if I am not Baptized?
While Baptism is not required for salvation, it is an important step of obedience to Christ. John 15:14 "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatever I command you."

Why should I be Baptized?
There are three biblical reasons to be Baptized

1. Christ commands it : Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"

2. Christ is our example: Matthew 3:13 "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordon unto John to be baptized
of him."

3. Believers in the Bible Practiced it: Acts 2:41 "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized."

When should I be Baptized?
In the Bible, baptism always took place right after salvation. Acts 16:30-33 "And brought them out and said Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his straightaway."

What should I expect?
If you are ready for this step, then begin here