Why is Baptism a Big Deal?
In a world of unanswered questions – about suffering, injustice, sin, and sorrow – have you ever wondered why life happens as it does?
As Christians, we believe the Bible is the leading source and location for all wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and instruction. What does it mean to affirm the Bible as the inspired, truthful and authoritative Word of God—and to live our lives accordingly?
Today, Steve sheds Scripture’s light on the topic of baptism in Matthew 3.
Why do we immerse?
Is baptism necessary for salvation? No.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Baptism – “an outward picture of an inward reality.”
Who should be baptized? Those who identify with Jesus and His people
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.(Matthew 28:19)
…or in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)