The meaning of baptism

Baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. “ Or don’t you know that all
of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were
therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was
raised from the dead ..... ( Romans 6:3-4)

Why should I be baptized?

1. To follow the example set by Christ.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the
Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)
 
2. Because Christ commanded it.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
 and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19–20)
 
3. It demonstrates that I am a Believer.
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his
commands.” (1 John 2:3)

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you can after you become a believer!
“Those who believed were baptized that day.” (Acts 2:41)
“Then Philip began with the Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they
travelled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is
water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your
heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they
went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)
 
The Bible teaches that there is no reason to delay your baptism. After becoming a
believer, you should participate in the next available opportunity your church provides
for baptism. If you wait until you feel you are a “good enough” believer, you will never feel
ready for baptism.

Who should be baptized?

The Bible says that every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. A believer is
someone who has realized that their sin has separated them from God. They have given
up all personal efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have
concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can
bridge the gap between themselves and God. A believer is someone who has decided to
trust Christ alone for salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey,
then you should be baptized. (see Acts 2:41; 8:12-13)

Baptized as an infant?

In the Bible, we see parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for
them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell
anyone else to baptize them. If baptism signifies salvation, as the Bible teaches, only
people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism. Thus, the
Bible would indicate that baptism is for people who have made a decision to follow
Christ. If you have not experienced believer’s baptism, even though you have
experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to
take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in
Christ.
 
Restoration Place Tallahassee practices baby dedication. This is a time when parents pledge their
commitment to raise their child according to Christian values and beliefs. While a very
meaningful event, this is not a Christian baptism, according to the Bible.

What about children?

All instances of baptism in the New Testament occur following an individual’s decision to
trust Christ alone for salvation (see Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). That means, at RPT,
we wait to baptize a child when they are old enough to believe and understand the true
meaning of baptism. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we then joyously baptize
them in the Christian faith after conferring with the parents.