Why should i be baptized?
It's a good question. Make no mistake-water baptism does not “save” you...only God’s grace does through your personal faith in Jesus. But it does have a significant role at the beginning of the Christian life.
When you are baptized, it shows three important things about your Christian beginning:
- Obedience: “If Jesus said it, I’ll do it.” Jesus told His followers to be baptized after they had come into a saving relationship with Him. This was not “only a suggestion” but rather a command. Here at Bridgeview, we believe that baptism is an act of personal obedience that sets us on the right path for growth as followers of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:16). Baptism shows that we are serious about developing our walk with Jesus, and following him fully.
- Identification: “I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of his body.” We identify with Jesus Christ and his people when we are baptized. When you are physically baptized, you outwardly express the inward reality that you have now died to your old life without Christ, have put it behind you, and are now “resurrected” to new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-4). You are identifying with Jesus Christ and making a public statement that along with his people, you are following Him.
- Declaration: “I want others to know.” Not only do we privately acknowledge our belief in Christ, but it’s important to go public with our faith expressing the fact that we have decided to become followers of Christ. This public declaration is a very meaningful experience for us as it is a time of community celebration and can be a public witness to others who have not yet decided to follow Christ (Acts 2:41-47). It is also a powerful time for witnessing changed lives.