Are You Ready For Baptism?

What is Baptism?

Baptism is the act of being fully immersed underwater by another person as an act of worship to God the Father, Son, and Spirit. Symbolically, baptism serves as a physical representation of the Gospel message (Romans 6:3-4).

In the beginning, God created humanity to exist in a perfect relationship with Himself. However, humanity rebelled and disobeyed God, leading to physical death and spiritual separation from Him (Romans 5:12). To redeem humanity, God entered into human existence through Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life and became a sacrifice by dying in our place on a cross.

Through this act, He offers righteousness and forgiveness of sins to all who place their trust in Him (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus was resurrected on the third day, offering the same resurrection to all who trust in Him, both now and forever (1 Corinthians 15:20-22).

In baptism, individuals who have placed their faith in Jesus and His message are proclaiming to themselves, their local church, and the world that they identify with Jesus. Going under the water symbolizes dying with Jesus, while emerging from the water symbolizes being raised with Him (Colossians 2:12).

It’s important to note that the physical act of baptism does not possess any special, spiritual power. It neither cleanses nor earns favor in God’s eyes. Instead, it serves as an outward expression of inward realities, which is why baptism is reserved for Christians. When someone puts their faith in Christ, they are reborn to a new life, characterized by a turning away from the old and a turning towards the ways of Jesus. Consequently, baptism represents one of the initial acts of obedience for a believer (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Am I Ready For Baptism?

To determine if you are ready for baptism, ask yourself these two questions:

Have you believed in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life (John 3:16)?

Baptism is an outward expression of an internal change and is exclusively for Christians. Trusting in Jesus and believing in the Gospel message are the only prerequisites for baptism at Providence Church (Acts 8:12).

To the best of your knowledge and ability, are you striving to live a life of total obedience to Christ (Romans 6:2, John 14:15)?

Baptism signifies an outward expression of an inner transformation, so our lives should reflect this change. By undergoing baptism, we declare to everyone that we have died with Christ to the world and are living a new, resurrected life that mirrors Christ (Galatians 2:20). While no one is perfect, those pursuing baptism should exhibit a life that aligns with Christ and the Gospel. Although there may be undiscovered sins, opportunities for better obedience to God, or sin struggles, no Christian should seek baptism while knowingly living in willful sin (1 John 1:9).

Baptism symbolizes the reality of sin and Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. Holding onto a known sin while pursuing baptism would contradict the message of baptism. Titus 2:11-12 underscores that the Christian life involves “renouncing ungodliness.” In preparation for baptism, we should approach it with humility, confession, and repentance, recognizing our past sinful ways. Repentance entails acknowledging our sins before the Lord and actively moving away from them. While the Christian journey involves ongoing growth, our initial step at baptism should begin with humility, confession, and repentance.

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