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Frequently Asked Questions
What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration that Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
When’s the best time to be baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to follow Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
Do you baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9). Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Bent Tree Church, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.*
What’s the difference between immersing and other ways of baptizing?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10). Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and the old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
Do I need to be baptized again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.* God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.
* If you are unsure if you or your child should be baptized, feel free to make an appointment with a Bent Tree Church Pastor. Please call 970.541.7128 or email email@example.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What Does It Mean To Follow Christ?
We are all born with a sinful nature.
Because of our sin, we are unable to have a relationship with God without forgiveness.
Romans 3:23 • ...for all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God, (ESV)
We can’t earn God’s forgiveness – it must be given. Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could be forgiven.
Romans 5:8 • ...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
Romans 6:23 • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
We must accept this free gift from God by committing our lives and heart to Jesus.
Romans 10:9 • ...because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (ESV)
A Symbol of Your Faith
Baptism shows others that you have been made new. It represents your old sinful life being washed clean because of your faith in Jesus.
Romans 6:4 • We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (ESV)
What Does It Mean
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