I'm preaching from Romans 6 this week in a series called, "Why?: Answers to the Basic Questions of the Christian Faith." I'm addressing the question, "Why Should I be Baptized?"
I won't be covering them all on Sunday, but here are ten biblical reasons believers in Jesus should be baptized by their local church:
- Jesus was baptized, so imitate him (Matt 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-22).
- Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized (Matt 28:18-20).
- Baptism publicly identifies you with Christ (Gal 3:27).
- Baptism visibly demonstrates your death to sin and birth to a life lived for God (Rom 6:3-4; Col 2:11-12).
- Baptism foreshadows the Christian hope of a future, bodily resurrection (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:11-12).
- Baptism visibly demonstrates the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in your life (Acts 22:16; 1 Cor 6:11; Eph 5:25-27; Titus 3:4-7).
- Baptism is the normal culmination of your conversion experience (Acts 2:38,8:12,16:15;16:33,18:8; 1 Pet 3:21).
- Baptism is a prerequisite for church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:41).
- Baptism is a foundation of unity in the church (Acts 10:47; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 12:12-13; Eph 4:4-6).
- Baptism is an ongoing reminder of the life of holiness to which God has called you (Rom 6:1-14; 1 Cor 6:11).