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Dunkin Donuts (Baptism)

February 4, 2010

What is baptism in water?

Have you ever been to church and seen someone get into a pool of water, speak of their faith in Jesus, and then get ‘dunked?’ If you have, then you’ve witnessed what Christians call baptism in water.

Baptism can be defined as a visible outward sign, of an invisible inner change. The act of baptism represents a change in someone’s heart and way of thinking, and is a demonstration of their love for God and decision to live for him. (Read Romans 10:9-10)

Why do Christians get baptised?

Christians get baptised to show they’ve trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. This comes after a real admission of their sins and a readiness to follow Jesus’ teachings and commands. By being baptised they’re saying they want to identify with Jesus; his life, his death and his resurrection. (Look at Romans 6:3-7)

Jesus was baptised too. So in getting baptised, Christians follow his example and show a commitment and desire to obey his instructions and please God. (Look at Matthew 3:13-17)

Does baptism make me a Christian?

Some people think the act of baptism leads to the forgiveness of sins, but it’s important to know that this is wrong. Water baptism is just symbolic of the ‘washing away of sin,’ not the thing that makes a Christian clean in the eyes of God and free from his judgement. It’s only the blood of Jesus that makes forgiveness possible and cleanses sin. (Look at Hebrews 9:22, 1 John 1:7)

We know that baptism doesn’t cleanse our sin and make us a Christian because Jesus got baptised. The Bible tells us that Jesus did not sin, so if baptism was necessary for the forgiveness of sins, he wouldn’t have needed to be baptised. (Look at 2 Corinthians 5:21)

It’s believing that Jesus died on our behalf to free us from God’s judgement, and genuinely ‘fessing up’ to God (admitting that we have lived in a way that goes against his standards, saying ‘sorry’ and turning from our old ways to live in the power of His Spirit), that makes us Christian. The Bible teaches that the only way to be saved from the effects of our sins is to have faith in Jesus Christ. (Look at Ephesians 2:8-9)

Who should get baptised?

In the Bible, those who believed the Gospel got baptised. After their decision to trust and follow Jesus, baptism was the immediate next step. (Look at Mark 16:16, Acts 16:31-34, Acts 2:38)

Truth is, if you know you’re a Christian, then you ought to get baptised, as it’s what Jesus instructs all his followers to do. (Look at Matthew 28:18-20)

How old do I have to be to get baptised?

There are no rules about how old you have to be to get baptised, but a person being baptised must:

  • Accept Jesus as their saviour (faith)
  • Be aware of their sin and decide to turn from it (repentance)
  • Be willing to live God’s way (obedience to God’s Word and God’s Spirit)

What should I do next?

1. Find a youth leader and let them know you’re considering getting baptised, and they can speak to you a little bit more.

2. Attend one of the monthly Baptism Enquiry Sessions at church with a parent/carer or youth leader – these will give you an opportunity to ask questions and sign up for a date to get dunked like a donut and show your allegiance to Jesus!

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