Now that you are a born-again Christian, you need to be baptized. Being baptized is an act of obedience to the Lord. Baptism will not save you. It is a public symbolic statement identifying you with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


   It is very important that baptism be scriptural. To conform to the standards taught in the Bible, one needs to be completely immersed into the water. Sprinkling does not constitute baptism. The Greek word behind the English word baptism means immersion.

 

Salvation First, Then Baptism

 

   Also very important to understand is that baptism will not save you. Everywhere in the New Testament, it is clear that salvation comes first, then baptism. Notice Acts 19:4-5 which says,

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the

baptism of repentance, saying unto the people,

that they should believe on him which should come after him,

 that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this,

they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 


   It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that you can be saved.

              Ephesians 2:8-9 says,

“For by grace are ye saved through faith;

and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

not of works, lest any man should boast.” 


  It is also clear from the following verse that salvation comes first, then baptism.

        Mark 16:16 says,

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
 


  Also, if baptism were saving people, Paul would not have written in

1 Corinthians 1:17

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:

not with wisdom of words,

lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” 
  

   Before getting baptized, you should talk with your Pastor about it and what it means. Baptism is an important step in your growth as a Christian and should be properly understood.