WHAT IS BAPTISM?

Baptism symbolizes the washing away of our sin.

Baptism is a step every believer should take. If you believe in Jesus, then you should be baptized just as he commanded. As you’re being baptized, you’ll declare your faith to others, identify yourself with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and symbolize the washing away of your sin.

If you’ve placed your faith in Jesus, then you’re ready to be baptized and should be both faithful and obedient in following through. If not, then you can learn more about accepting Jesus as your Savior as you talk to Christian friends or a church leader.

Who should be baptized?

All those who are willing to repent of their sins and confess their belief in Christ should be baptized.

 Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-39

How should I be baptized?

The word for “baptism” in the New Testament is the Greek word baptizo, which means “to immerse in water.” The New Testament says baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Baptism serves as a symbol of the burial of the old self and the resurrection of the believer’s soul to walk in life with Christ. Therefore, at Ben Davis Christian Church, we baptize people by immersing them in water.

Romans 6:1-5

When should I be baptized?

A person should be baptized at the time he or she trusts in Christ. The Bible teaches we are saved by grace through faith, but in the New Testament church, a person’s baptism was usually the first expression of faith. So baptism was not just a symbol or a memorial of faith, but was intended to be a benchmark of transformation, marking the place and time a person made a commitment to Christ. At Ben Davis Christian Church, we are attempting to restore the original intent and practice of baptism. Therefore, we ask a person to be baptized at the point that he is ready to make a commitment to Christ.

 Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:1-8

Why should I be baptized?

Why should we be baptized? 
A person should be baptized to follow the example of Christ, to obey Christ’s command, to express trust in Christ, and to testify to God’s work in his or her life. Baptism also serves to cleanse a guilty conscience. The Holy Spirit prompts individuals to recognize their sin and guilt. The only method by which the human soul can be wiped clean of sin is through the blood of Jesus Christ. This “washing away” of sin is most clearly symbolized in the act of baptism. Since one of the biggest obstacles between God and man is human pride, baptism also offers a venue by which believers humble themselves before God and others and admit their need for Christ’s redemption. In addition, baptism meets a God-given human need for expression. Everyone needs an outlet for emotion, or an expression for an impression. Baptism is the outlet for an expression of faith in Christ. The act of baptism cannot save an individual. We are saved only through accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Baptism demonstrates the believer’s acceptance of Christ and is the point of time when the believer receives assurance of his or her faith.

 Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12-13; Romans 6:1-8; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21; James 4:6

Should I be re-baptized?

Any person who has trusted in Jesus as the only Son of God and who has willingly been immersed into Christ may become a member of Ben Davis Christian Church whether the baptism occurred at Ben Davis Christian Church or elsewhere. Re-baptism is encouraged for those who lack confidence in their initial baptism experience because they don’t remember it, they were coerced, or their heart was not right with God at the time. Anyone who has fallen into sin after having been baptized should repent and seek forgiveness, but re-baptism is not necessary.

 Acts 8:13-24

Must I be baptized at a worship service?

No. Baptisms at other times are acceptable, but baptisms during worship services are encouraged at Ben Davis Christian Church because they provide the opportunity to testify to your faith and show humility. The Apostle Paul exhorts all believers to unite, for we are all of “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”. Regardless of our particular beliefs regarding the mode of baptism, it is important for all Christians to seek unity as representatives of Christ’s body. We believe the source of unity is the truth of God’s Word, and we pray that baptism will be a place of unity, not division, among believers.

 Acts 8:38; Acts 16:33; Ephesians 4:5; John 17:17-21