“Should I get baptised?” That’s a question that comes from the lips of most people who decide to become a Christian.
I’ve got to say that I believe that being baptised as a believer is one of the most significant parts of the journey for anyone who professes to be a follower of Jesus.
I don’t believe that baptism is necessary for someone to be saved. But I do believe that baptism is a necessary next step for someone who has been saved and decided to follow Jesus.
Some reasons for this are that:
•Jesus was baptised, and if we become a follower of His, we should also follow Him through the waters of Baptism (Matthew 3:13-17)
•Jesus calls for anyone who becomes a follower or disciple of His to be baptised (Mat 28:19,20)
These reasons answer a lot of the “why” questions that people have. Many people however have other very real and legitimate questions, some of which you can read about here.
What is baptism?
Jesus came to wash away our sins for us when we choose to follow Him and make Him our Lord. Christian baptism reflects this and that when we choose to make Jesus our Lord, we then receive forgiveness for our sins and begin a new life with Him.
The Message Translation of the Bible explains about baptism in when it says:
When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!
That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country. (Romans 6:3-5)
If you would like to read more about what the bible says about baptism, you can find some great passages here.
What happens when I get baptised?
When a person gets baptised, they will usually kneel in the baptismal which is filled with water. The person getting baptised is then normally asked two questions
1 Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who died to pay the price for your sins?
2 Have you asked Jesus to become your Lord and Saviour?
Upon saying “yes” to these two questions, the person baptising the person being baptised will normally say “I baptise you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.
The person being baptised will then be fully immersed under the water (they can choose either forward or backwards) and then be raised out of the water.
After that we like to have the elders in the church pray for the person who has been baptised. They will normally pray for blessings and protection and for the person to be baptised or filled with the Holy Spirit.
What do I experience when I get baptised?
That depends upon the person, and quite frankly what God wants to do. For some people, it’s just a pleasurable experience and a milestone in their life. Some others feel filled with joy and a real lightness following baptism. Others have a substantial spiritual experience that lasts for days.
There isn’t a standard formula for what a person experiences when they get baptised or for what happens. That’s part of the mystery of God and our faith!
Who should baptise me?
That’s largely your choice. We recommend you choose someone who has played a significant role in your spiritual journey. That person may well be the person who led you to receive Jesus as your Lord.
Sometimes a person may have two people baptising them. This is common where a young person is baptised by their parents.
Who should be baptised?
Baptism is for anyone who has made the decision to follow Jesus, making Him their Lord. For someone who has made the decision, it’s one of the first tests as to whether the decision to follow and obey Him is a real and sincere decision.
If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus but haven’t yet made the decision to be baptised, don’t hold back. Make that decision today!
Please let me know if you would like to be baptised or if you have more questions about baptism.
Be blessed in your decision to follow Jesus all the way into eternity!
Finding out more
If you have more questions about baptism, the following short articles may help: