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Why Should I Be Baptized?

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?"

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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:

  1. Jesus was baptized, so imitate him (Matt 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-22).
  2. Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized (Matt 28:18-20).
  3. Baptism publicly identifies you with Christ (Gal 3:27).
  4. Baptism visibly demonstrates your death to sin and birth to a life lived for God (Rom 6:3-4; Col 2:11-12).
  5. Baptism foreshadows the Christian hope of a future, bodily resurrection (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:11-12).
  6. 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).
  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).
  8. Baptism is a prerequisite for church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:41).
  9. Baptism is a foundation of unity in the church (Acts 10:47; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 12:12-13; Eph 4:4-6).
  10. Baptism is an ongoing reminder of the life of holiness to which God has called you (Rom 6:1-14; 1 Cor 6:11).
Do I Have to be Baptized to be Saved?

No...but:

“St. Paul saw in Baptism the normal but not necessary, the helpful but not indispensable sign and seal put upon the act of faith appropriating the gift of God in Christ.

Charles A. Anderson Scott, Christianity According to St. Paul, 114.

Is Baptism Important?

Let Adolf Schlatter answer that for you:

There is no gift or power which the apostolic documents do not ascribe to baptism.

Theologie des NT, II, 495.