WHY SHOULDN'T I BE BAPTIZED
This is an extremely good question. We need to refer back to the Bible book of Acts and see why it was asked back then and why it is still pertinent to us today. In Acts Chapter 8, verses 26-40, is the account of Phillip teaching the Ethiopian as he was riding along the road. Especially look at verse 37. As they were riding along, the Ethiopian saw some water and said, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’
This is an especially relevant question today in light of the statement Jesus made about Baptism, to his followers shortly before his ascension to heaven: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16) Further, he told his church at Galilee, after he had risen from the tomb, to “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”(Matthew 28:19)
The purpose of Baptism was clearly explained by the apostles Peter and Paul when God spoke thru them that baptism…“now saves you” (1 Peter 3: 21) Again, Paul in his letter to Titus states that “He saved us thru the washing of rebirth and the renewal by the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5).
Baptism is not, as some believe, a proclamation of our commitment to God, but rather His divine gift to us whereby we may be cleansed of our inherent sins.(Psalm 51:5) As Jesus stressed that we are never too young to be saved thru faith in him, we believe also in infant baptism; preferably as soon as possible after birth.
What a tremendous gift from God that we may be saved from the penalties of sin so simply. If you have not received this gift from your Savior, we joyously invite you to come to Good Shepherd and receive the saving grace of our Lord.
If you have not been baptized, would like to have your children baptized, or would like more information concerning baptism, please contact us for that saving knowledge. Pastor Deters would be very happy to sit down with you and help you through your decisions. He can be reached at (602-265-7130)