Sunday, January 17, 2016

Should I be Baptized in Water?

Being baptized in water is an important part of the Christian life. It symbolizes the death of our old man and our resurrection as a new creation. Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Jesus commanded his disciples to “Go 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). Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river at the beginning of his ministry (Matthew 3:13-17).

On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached a mighty sermon, then he told the people who responded to the message, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). All those who “accepted his message were baptized” (Acts 2:41). 

Peter baptized the entire household of Cornelius after they had received the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44- 48). Paul was baptized after he was saved (Acts 9:18). Throughout his ministry, he continued to baptize people (Acts 19:1-6; Acts 16:31-33).

Here is a video of us baptizing people in Madagascar. 

This is an excerpt from Daniel King's book, "Welcome to the Kingdom." Over 600,000 copies are in print. Get your copy by clicking HERE.