11 Jun 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Baptized This Sunday
- Because you have believed the Gospel.
The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ conquered the grave and is building a kingdom one person at a time. By grace we are saved.
If you have received the grace of Jesus but have never proclaimed it, you should! Baptism is a powerful way to broadcast the message of forgiveness.
- Because you want to be a witness.
In the court system, we call witnesses to the stand. These individuals are put on the hot seat and told to “testify” with complete honesty.
In baptism, as a person is lowered into the water and raised up, he or she is a living, happy-to-be-breathing sermon—declaring a truth to those who need to hear. The best preachers this Sunday will be the ones dripping with water and beaming with joy.
- Because Jesus requires that you not be ashamed of Him.
If you are embarrassed to be seen with Christ, He will be embarrassed to identify with you in judgment. That’s a hard truth, but it’s exactly what He declares in Luke 9:26. Don’t be an undercover Christian; they don’t exist in the New Testament.
- Because courage stimulates courage.
Think about that word “en-courage” for a moment. To encourage is to deposit bravery into another person’s heart. You can fuel the fire of faith in others by your obedience to Christ’s commands. When I watch people step forward boldly to be baptized, it fills my tank with fresh zeal for Christ.
- Because rites of passage are powerful in our memory.
There’s a reason why God wants us to stop our busy lives and to be buried in water for a moment. The ceremony has a cementing effect on our faith. It’s a moment we will recall later when the cost of discipleship feels pricey. Just like a struggling husband remembers the day he said, “Till death do we part,” the follower of Jesus will have moments when the memory of water baptism will be motivating.
If you would like to be baptized this Sunday, June 14th, there’s still time! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.