Baptism is an outward picture of an inward commitment to follow Jesus in obedience. Similar to a marriage ceremony where the bride and groom publicly profess their love for and dedication to one another before God, their friends, and family, when we get baptized we publicly profess our love for and dedication to follow Jesus in obedience.
Water Baptism preaches the gospel to the eyes. When we see someone standing in the water, they are showing that they were dead in their sins, but when they heard the gospel it changed them. When we see them being submerged in the water, they are burying their old self. Finally when they are raised from the water, they identify with Jesus and are raised to new life in Him.
Who Should Be Baptized?
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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
Matthew 3:16 (NIV)
Every baptism in the Bible was done by immersion. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer. At Awaken Church, we believe that if you’re physically able, you should get completely submerged.
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 8:38-39 (NIV)
Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
If you were following Jesus and got baptized in another church, there is no need to get re-baptized at Awaken Church. The Bible presents baptism as a one-time event, as it signifies salvation to be a one-time event. Nowhere in the bible do we see an example of Christians being baptized multiple times.
The only reason to get re-baptized is if you stopped following Jesus but now you are following Him again and you want to mark this moment with baptism.