The Bible teaches that if you’re sure that you believe in Jesus Christ and trust in Him as your Savior, then you’re ready! More often than not, people hesitate and miss out on this wonderful part of the Christian life. You might get nervous in front of people, or think it’s strange to get dunked under water during a church service. But don’t let your uncomfortability get in the way of your obedience to Christ!
Has God been at work in your life? Have you trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins? Do you want to live for him? If so, you need to be baptized. Check out this Baptism Basics article for more info.
You can also listen to this episode of our podcast for a deeper look at baptism.
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"I do not remember the exact day or moment that I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior, but it was while I was in 1st grade when I was 6 years old. I comprehended the sacrifice that God made for us by manifesting himself into human form as Jesus, and the sacrifice Jesus made for a world of sinners by dying gruesomely on the cross. I have tried to live my life in a Christ-centered way, and have done a decent job, not great by any means. I have momentarily strayed at times, but, fortunately God has placed faithful people in my life and a very convicting Holy Spirit to bring me back to Him. God has very recently been convicting me to get baptized. I have made a re-dedication, some life changes that the Holy Spirit has moved me to make, and a very convicting sermon that Pastor Mike had preached a few weeks ago that have led me to this decision. I want to live my life and lead my family according to the Gospel."
"Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.'" Acts 2:37-39
- Wally Marsh IV
"I’ve lived in a Christian home all of my life. When I was 6 years old at Calvary VBS, I realized I was a sinner. My aunt asked me if I had asked Jesus into my heart. I said 'No,' and I wanted to do it. I wanted to commit my heart to Jesus. My aunt took me into a room and sat me next to a nice lady. The lady prayed with me and read some verses with me.
Commit your way to the Lord and trust also in Him and He will do it. After that moment I knew that I was a child of God. Psalm 37:5!"
"I was 5 years old in my room, sitting on my bed. I had just come home from church at Calvary. I asked my mom and dad, 'How do I ask Jesus into my heart?' They told me to pray and say that I am a sinner and want to be a child of God and want to live my whole life for Him. I need Jesus and have been a Christian my most of my life, but the past 2 years I feel like I really have a personal relationship with Christ myself. Being a Christian means not only going to church on Sundays, but really loving Christ and giving your whole life to Him. Jesus is my Savior and I love Him. By being baptized I am publically committing to follow Jesus Christ."