Baptism does NOT make you a Christian. It is an outward symbol of the inner commitment that you have made to Jesus. It is like a wedding ring. The ring is an outward symbol that displays the inner commitment that people have made to their spouses.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Christ-followers (believers) are baptized because...
- Jesus was baptized, setting the example (Mark 1:9)
- Jesus commanded that we get baptized (Matthew 28:19)
- Baptism demonstrates and identifies a person as a follower of Jesus (Acts 2:38).
The meaning of believer's baptism by immersion...
- Illustrates Christ's burial and resurrection (Colossians 2:12)
- Represents new life as a Christian (Romans 6:4)
- Marks the beginning of a new life of ministry (Matthew 4:1)
At BVC we maintain that baptism in the New Testament was only done for those who believed. Belief in Jesus' death and resurrection was the biblical prerequisite. Along with this, the Greek word for baptism means "to immerse."
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Jesus. "Those who accepted His message were baptized" (Acts 2:41)
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you believe (Acts 8:35-38). There really is no reason to wait to be baptized. When you say "Yes!" to Jesus is the perfect time. You will never be "ready" on your own.