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“What is Baptism all about…?”
We believe ‘Baptism’ is important and would therefore strongly encourage all who believe in and follow Jesus to be baptised. Some people describe ‘Baptism’ as “an outward sign of inward faith”.
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The Bible helps us to understand how our being baptised identifies us with Jesus. Our going down into the water, then being brought back up again out of the water, is symbolic of when Jesus died, was buried, but was then raised to life! The past is “washed away” with the person concerned having literally been given a clean start. The Bible says “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Why do people go right under the water…?”
The word “baptise” (from the Greek word ‘baptizo’) literally means to dip, plunge or immerse. Jesus was baptised in this way, as were his followers. In fact, most Christians worldwide are baptised by immersion today. There is nothing special or ‘magical’ about the water itself, but what we do know is that in the New Testament it was only Christian believers who were baptised, and this was because of their faith in Jesus. Their baptism was in response to the command of Jesus. They were already Christians – the water just got them wet…! We baptise people now for the same reason people were baptised 2,000 years ago.
“Does it matter if I was baptised as a baby…?”
No. Baptism for you being a ‘believer’ in no way invalidates your christening when you were a baby. This may well have been significant for your parents. You will have then been ‘welcomed’ into the Christian family, and probably prayed for, but you were not then ‘made’ into a Christian. This only happens when you make a decision yourself to follow Jesus. Many people have come to us having been christened as a baby but feel they now want to be baptised as a mark of their own conversion, their own decision to follow Jesus. While other Churches may celebrate the Christian faith in different ways, what matters is you having a relationship with God through Jesus, and that you now want to follow him and to live as a Christian.
“When should I be baptised…?”
As soon as possible. Some people in the Bible were baptised the same day as their conversion! See Acts 2:41 and Acts 8:26-39. This is not usually possible now, but if you are a Christian there is no need to put off doing what Jesus has expected of every believer. It is often easier to find excuses than it is to be obedient!
If you are under 16 years of age, however, it is important to talk to your parents – whose authority you are still under. We would not baptise anyone under 16 against the wishes of their parents or guardians. It may be right for you to wait until you are older, but we are happy to talk with you about this. Alternatively, visit a Christian bookshop where there will be literature there on ‘Believer’s Baptism’.