well, baptism is a act done after praying to God and acknowledging your a sinner, and asking for Jesus to come into your heart to wash those sins away, and to be your saviour. being baptized is a way to put it into a action, and get a cleansing. to kinda show, hey I belive, and im not ashamed to show it. its not a must do kind of thing, but I would recommend it. it was a great experience for me!
Baptise means to cleanse spiritually. It usually takes place after you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and confessing you are a sinner. Then you are Baptised to wash away the old way of living. No,you do not have to be Baptised.
Baptism symbolizes the cleansing of your sins and soul as you enter the kingdom of God. Yes, I believe you should be baptized. It is a commitment to Christ however, and you should make sure that you are willing to follow it before you make a decision. Oaths with the Father are very important, and are never to be taken lightly. I was baptized when I was twelve, and I hope you have the privilege of being baptized as well. 8-D God Bless.
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1. It refers to the immersion of the body.
2. It is important because it is a way to symbolize your personal dedication to God through Christ. Anyone who wants to receive God's approval must ask for God's forgiveness, exercise faith in Him, dedicate themselves to Him in prayer, and undergo Christian baptism as a symbol of an unreserved dedication to God.
The answer to the other two question are in the Comments section...
Baptism has been interpreted many different ways. The act itself is the same but the reasons can very, depending on who you ask. I recommend you speaking with your preacher about the subject, and read about it yourself. Good luck and God bless.
Water Baptism identifies the believer with the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) -Water Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Colossians 2:11-12 (NLT) "We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." - Romans 6:4 (NIV)Water Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer. It should be preceded by repentance, which simply means "change." It is turning from our sin and selfishness to serve the Lord. It means placing our pride, our past and all of our possessions before the Lord. It is giving the control of our lives over God. Acts 2:38, 41 (NLT) -Water Baptism is a public testimony - the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord. Water Baptism is a picture representing profound spiritual truth: ---Death - Galatians 2:20 (NIV), Romans 6:4-5 (NIV) Romans 6:10-13 (NLT) --Cleansing - I Peter 3:21 (NIV) "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." I Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)
Baptism is a sign of obedience towards Christ. In Mark 1:4, it says: "John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." Being baptized doesn't save you. The only requirement for being baptized is that you have confessed your sins to Jesus and believed that his death is the one and only way to Heaven.
You SHOULD get baptised because God said we should out if obedience but it isnt required for salvation so you wont be consigned to hell for not. Christ never baptised anyone nor is there any indication any of the apostles were ever baptised. Paul never baptised either, or not often. It is sonething we do as ADULTS with the full understanding and knowlege of what it means and we do it out of obedience to God as a commemoration of Christs death, buriel and ressurection. We do it when we are old enough to understand why.
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You actually list 4 different questions. It may take a lot of typing to answer them all, and it won't be as thorough as I'd like it but : 1) baptism is an immersion/ submersion. If you are using the word generically, when you dive into a swimming pool you are baptized. But as one noted above, Eph 4:5 tells us there is one (spiritual/Biblical) baptism and that is an immersion into Jesus (Gal3:27; Rom 6:3-11; etc). 2) It is important because that is how you get into Jesus/the Church/salvation. (Scriptures above plus Acts 2:41; 1 Cor. 12:12,13; etc.) (But note that it is no more important than any of the other steps preceding it, because without them you are only getting wet. Without them it isn't the one baptism.) 3) Before getting immersed a person should come to an understanding that they are a sinner - lost, but that God's plan sent Jesus to live, and die, and rise again to be the sacrifice for their sins. They need to believe this, that God made Jesus His son both Lord and Christ. They need to not only be sorry for their sins, but want to change their following of Satan to following God (repent) counting the cost. They confess Jesus. 4) You should want to be baptized into Jesus if you want to become a Christian, a child of God, a saint, a member of the kingdom of light. You should not be baptized if you don't want to come to God in loving obedience.