Tips for Believer’s Baptism
Were you on a path of destruction and God’s love came down and delivered you? Instead of being saved by the bell, did you find yourself being saved from hell by the Most High? After you have accepted the gift of salvation, you may be wondering what’s next. You may be on fire for Jesus and want to share with the whole world how much you love Him. To achieve this, there is a step in your journey that you can take to display your love for the Lord. This next step is called Believer’s Baptism, or credobaptism. This step is a public declaration of your faith for Jesus Christ after you have consciously accepted the gospel in your life. So while you’re enjoying your trip with Jesus, you may find yourself ready to take that dip; if so, here are a few tips for you:
- Remember That You Are Already Saved.
Do not feel like your salvation is jeopardized because you haven’t been baptized yet. Baptism does not equate to salvation. You can be saved without being baptized. In fact, you should be saved before you are baptized. Baptism is an act that follows the gift of salvation; it is not the gift of salvation.
Acts 16:29 – 31 acknowledges this:
And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.
This is acknowledging the sequence of the journey. In order to be saved, one must first believe in Jesus Christ. After you are saved, then you can be baptized. The word is not saying that you have to be baptized in order to be saved. Therefore, do not feel rushed to take that next step in order to “secure” your salvation. If you believe in Jesus, your gift of salvation has already been secured and you are a child of God, my friend. So you do not have to be baptized to be saved but do you need to be saved to be baptized.
- Read The Word On Baptism.
Although baptism does not equate to salvation, it does not mean that baptism is not important for your journey. Baptism is acknowledged repeatedly in the bible, emphasizing its importance and its meaning to believers.
Check out the following scriptures on baptism:
These are only a few examples of when baptism is mentioned but there are many more. It is important to truly understand what this next step means to you and to God. So take some time to read the word and learn why baptism is important in one’s spiritual journey. After reading the word, try writing down what led to your decision to being baptized. Reading the word and acknowledging what led you to this point can help you recognize why this moment is so important in your life.
- Don’t Be Nervous.
I know it’s easier said than done but you really have nothing to be worried about. Baptism is not only a beautiful time in your life, it can be a beautiful moment in someone else’s life. Your declaration of faith will warm the hearts of believers and possibly unbelievers who may want to know Jesus. It will go by fast, so no need to worry. The moment will be very brief but it will be a blessing.
Deciding to get baptized can be a huge decision, so do not feel rushed in making that next step. One thing I know about God is that He is love and He is patient.
Exodus 34:6 says:
Then he passed in front of Moses and called out, “I am the Lord God. I am merciful and very patient with my people. I show great love, and I can be trusted.”
I know some people who have been believers for 10 years and just got baptized a month ago. However, I truly gave my life to Christ in February and got baptized in April. Therefore, I’m writing this to calm you and remind you that this is not a race, so take those steps at your pace because everyone’s walk is different. Continue to seek Him and let Him lead you to the water when it’s your time.
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