Discussion in 'Biblical Advices' started by JesusLovesAll, Jul 29, 2010.
Is there any need for water baptism now?
I believe there is. It's certainly in-line with scripture.
Having said that, baptism is simply a confession of faith. It is not a requirement for salvation. But I certainly feel it is important
I think I would like to do it, just for what it represents and just out of respect.
But yes, I wasnt sure if it was a requirement for salvation, thats what I mean by "need".
Let me tell you why I think baptism is important.
When one is baptized, it typically is at a church, surrounded by family and friends. It is a time when public declaration of your faith is made - a benchmark in your life, so to speak.
And during those times in life when you have doubts about your salvation and your relationship with God (which we all have from time to time) - during those times of doubt you can look back at your baptism and say for certainty "I know that I am saved, I made a confession of faith before God and man".
That, to me, is why baptism is important. And of course, it is also a testimony and example to others as well.
When I was baptism many years ago, as a baptismal gift couple in my church presented me with a James Avery ring. That was special, not only because it was a gift, but because this was a sincere sacrifice for this couple. He was a seminary student and she worked part time to pay for their small apartment.
That was some 38 years ago, and I still wear that ring today.
It also shows your love for Christ publicly
Yes its a publicc witness you now know the Lord and belong to Him.
We had a thread about this just last week. Maybe I can find it but not sure
This is a very good explanation . It is our testimony like you said to show the world that we want to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
I was water baptised as a teen , fell away from God ... rededicated my life and when I knew I was going to Israel , I got water baptised in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptised . What a thrill and an experience I will never forget. Gave my testimony to all standing at the River . Hallelujah ... Praise God.
Awesome .... thanks for sharing.