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Q: What is Baptism?
A: Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist sanctioning baptism as a New Testament practice. (Acts 2:41) "So then, those who had received His word (the message of the gospel) were baptized; and that day there were added about 3000 souls. Many of us were dedicated as children, and that is a good thing. However, in the New Testament, baptism is post decision (after we accept Christ)
Q: Why should I get baptized?
A: Baptism is a public declaration the Jesus is our Lord.
(Mathew 10:22-32) "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." Some say that baptism is like the wedding band of Christianity. Having a wedding band does not make me married, but it does show that I am married. It signifies that I have made a decision to be joined and committed to one person.
Q: Do I need to get baptized to be saved?
A: If you have personally received Christ, you are forgiven by God and not dependent on baptism. (Romans 8:1; Colossians 2:13,14). However, there are some very good reasons why you should be baptized. First of all, Jesus commands us to baptize believers (Mathew 28: 19-20). (Romans 6:4) "We were buried with Him by the baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, so we too might live and behave in newness of life" In other words baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in us symbolizing that we have laid down our old life and are living a new life in Christ.
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