What is Baptism?
Baptism is the outward expression of a person's inward response to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, so a follower of Jesus who has trusted in Jesus' sacrifice is commanded to publicly profess this faith through Baptism. The believer is then immersed in water, and raised up again as a sign and symbol of their new life in Christ.
Where does Baptism Come From?
Jesus commanded it of his followers in Matthew 28, "All authority has been given to me, therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you, and I am with you always even to the end of the age" Every follower of Jesus Christ is commanded to be baptised.
What about infant baptism or "christening"?
The Bible doesn't mention anything of baptism of infants, but only of those who personally profess repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is commanded as the first step of obedience for all disciples of Jesus.
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