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It's A.D. 33 or so, and Peter is out preaching to a huge crowd. More than 3,000 people there say yes to accepting Christ, turn from their sins, and get baptized. All in the same day! Baptism was virtually the first thing a new Christ-follower willfully did after responding in faith to the good news of Jesus. In fact, baptism is an act of obedience Christ expects of every believer.
In the early days, one would be hard-pressed to find an unbaptized Christian anywhere. Jesus instructed, Believe and be baptized, (Mark 16:16), and that's what those who chose to align themselves with Jesus did. Jesus words are a command for us to go public with our new faith. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward conversion experience and it is a celebration into a new life.
According to Romans 6:4, baptism identifies us with Christ's death (as we go under the water) and with his resurrection (as we come up). At baptism, the believer symbolically dies to the old man to become a brand new person who puts Christ in charge of his or her life. Big Questions While it seems pretty straightforward, many people have questions about baptism.
- Should I be dipped, dunked, or dry-cleaned?
- Is baptism for babies, or people old enough to make that choice?
- Is it necessary for my salvation?
If you're struggling with the question of whether to be baptized, look closely at the meaning behind it. Honestly ask yourself, Is this just a man-made religious boundary marker, or a biblical truth that God is asking me to live by. To help you determine the answer, consider these common questions: