Baptism is simply you telling the world publicly that Jesus is your King and that you live for him now.
Baptism is expected for a new believer. As Jesus commissioned his followers in Matthew 28, he tells them to baptize new disciples. Baptism is meant to be an exciting and beautiful moment in which we get to tell the world publicly that "Jesus is my King!"
Baptism is expected but the act of baptism is not a replacement for Jesus changing a heart. What we mean is that baptism is simply an outward expression of what Jesus has done to and for us inwardly. It doesn't replace transformation that comes from hearing and believing the gospel.
When Jesus told his disciples to baptize new believers, he told them to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus said this on purpose and that each of those three tell us something about our new identity in Christ.
When we're baptized in the name of the Father it reminds us that we are newly born; a new creation. It reminds us that we're part of a new family with a new Father. How amazing is that!
Being baptized in the name of the Son reminds us that just as Jesus humbled himself and came to serve us, we are now meant to serve King Jesus. Part of being in this new family means serving and caring for one another as we remember how Jesus cares for us.
As we're baptized in the name of the Spirit we learn that just like Jesus, we are meant to be Spirit-empowered missionaries to the world around us. The Spirit gives us the resources to be a witness to what Jesus has done in us as we go about our day.
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