What is Baptism?

Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as the seal and sign of his conversion and faith.

Peter’s Sermon on the Day of Pentecost concluded with the charge:

Repent, and be baptized every one of you. Acts 2:38 (NIV)

In The book of Acts alone there are 10 distinct references to baptismal events. In the New Testament church water baptism marked the very threshhold of the Christian life. The example of Jesus, the command of Jesus, and the practice of the Early Church all combine to teach that baptism is imperative for every saved person today.


Why do we baptize by immersion?

The word baptize means submerge or dip. Jesus was immersed. The Bible says concerning this that Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water (Matthew 3:16) When Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch, as recorded in Acts 8:38, they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Immersion is the only form that adequately sets forth the meaning of this rite. And what is its real meaning? Baptism symbolizes the profound truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River was a symbol of His redemptive work signifying that He would die, be buried, and rise again for our salvation. We let the public see that this is what we believe when we are immersed.


Who should be baptized?

The New Testament teaches that believers–and believers only– should be baptized. In all cases the test is individual faith.

When the eunuch asked Philip about baptism, the reply was “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” (Acts 8:37) The Scriptures distinctly say, “Repent, and be baptized.” “they that received his word were baptized.” “He that believeth and is baptized…” Salvation must come before baptism.


Why is baptism important?

It is important because it presents a threefold truth:

  1. Baptism proclaims the gospel. The doctrine proclaimed in baptism is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 this is the very essence of the gospel that saves the soul. It would be impossible to imagine a richer symbolism. Calvary and the Resurrection are rehearsed as the candidate shows publicly what he believes by his symbolic actions Baptism keeps setting forth the gospel of Jesus before the world.
  2. Baptism pictures an experience. The believer, through faith in Christ, is “passed from death unto life,” becoming dead to the old life and rising to lead a new life in Christ.
  3. Baptism declares our hope. Jesus said, “because I live, ye shall live also.” We believe in a resurrection from the dead after the burial of the body in the grave.


How Do I get Baptized?

If you are interested in becoming baptized, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted with the extra information needed to be baptized at our next baptismal service.

  • When you click Submit this form will be emailed to the Sidney Assembly of God office. Someone will be contacting you shortly.