Why Should I Be Baptized?

“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
— Romans 6:4 NLT (emphasis added)

One of the first steps of faith and obedience that you should take as a new believer (Christian, follower of Jesus) is to be water baptized. Jesus commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20) and He was baptized Himself as an example for us (Matthew 3:13-17).

Water baptism is spiritually important and powerful for several reasons:

  1. It is a public declaration, and celebration, of your personal decision to make Jesus your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10).

  2. It symbolizes that Jesus has saved you from your sins and that you have turned from your past to following Him (1 Peter 3:21).

    Being immersed, or “buried”, in the water represents dying to your old way of living and severing the bonds of your sinful past; when you are immersed in the waters of baptism, you are announcing, “My former life of self-will and sin is being buried in these waters as though they are buried in a tomb.” Coming up out of the water represents resurrection – your new life God has given you in Christ (Romans 6:1-4).

  3. It marks a definitive time, place, and moment in your life that reminds you of how much God loves you because you are His child and He is pleased with you (Matthew 3:17; John 1:12-13).

  4. It allows you to receive everything that God wants to do in and through your life through the power and presence of His Spirit (Matthew 3:16).

If you would like more information about water baptism, please contact Cindy at cindy@thecause.cc or at 714.255.0930.