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Why be Baptized?
Jesus teaches that after you have asked for forgiveness of your sins and become His follower (or disciple), you should be baptized. Baptism shows your family, friends, people in the church and the community that you have become a follower of Jesus and want to live differently.
“Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-38 (NLT)
Misconceptions about Baptism:
Misconception: Baptism will cause God to forgive you or help you to get into heaven.
Truth: Your forgiveness and eternal life are a gift from God that cannot be earned.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
Misconception: Baptism is required to get into heaven.
Truth: Baptism is not a requirement for you to get into heaven. Below you will see an example in the Bible where there was no opportunity for a baptism or to perform any good works, but the promise of heaven was still given.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the thief hanging beside Him asked, "Remember me when you come into your Kingdom. And Jesus replied,
‘I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:42-43 (NLT)