Baptism 101 takes a look at the most basic elements of baptism. Why should anyone be baptized? What does it look like, and when is the best time to be baptized? This series takes a look at the Bible’s simple answers to those questions.
Baptism is a central part of our faith, but why? Growing up, I had often heard the word baptism used in sermons and invitations, but I never understood what it was or why it was important. So we’re going to spend a couple of lessons taking a practical look at baptism. What does baptism look like? When should you be baptized? Why should you be baptized? Understanding these basics will help us understand baptism’s role in our Christian walk.
Today we’re going to examine why we’re baptized. Why is it necessary to be baptized when Paul points out so clearly that we cannot be saved by works in Ephesians 2:8? Our salvation is a gift. Redemption is by God’s grace alone. I can do nothing to absolve myself of sin, nor can I earn salvation. So why be baptized? It’s a legitimate question, and I hope our study will help us all better understand the importance of baptism in God’s plan.
In our studies about baptism, it’s important to take a moment and look at what baptism looks like. Growing up in the church, I learned about the necessity of baptism long before I knew how you actually go aboutgetting baptized. I knew the why, but I didn’t know the how — which is pretty important. Could you imagine teaching your children about the importance of taking notes without helping them learn to write? Yet that’s the experience I’ve had with baptism in Christ’s church — knowing the importance without really knowing what it entails.
We’ve been talking about baptism for the last couple of weeks. First, we looked at the purpose of baptism — how we put on Christ when we are obedient to Him, how we accept His gifts of forgiveness and remission through baptism. Then we talked about what baptism looks like and why we in Christ’s church believe baptism should be a total burial under the water, so we can be raised to walk in newness of life.
Now we’re going to wrap up this series looking at when you should be baptized. At what point in your life should you be buried with Christ and dedicated to Him? Should it be as a baby to guard you from future sins? Should parents make the choice to dedicate their children at a young age, or is baptism something that should be your own choice, made when you are old enough to have your own faith? When should you get baptized?