What Is Water Baptism?

Water baptism is not an option, but a command for all believers.  Jesus established water baptism as an ordinance when He gave The Great Commission.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you...”      (Matthew 28:19-20)

Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith.  It gives evidence of  the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life when one, by faith, receives Jesus as personal Savior.


Why Should We Be Baptized? 

We are baptized because Jesus Christ commanded it and because we love the Lord. Jesus said; “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  (John 14:15)  The early church in the book of Acts is our example of water baptism. 

“But when they believed Phillip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, men and women alike.” - Acts 8:12

Who Should Be Baptized?

Everyone who believes and receives Jesus Christ as their personal Savior should be publicly baptized. Jesus is our example to follow.

“And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him" - Matthew 3:16