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This article is one of the “4 steps on the path of discipleship”, see overview:
On the subject of water baptism:
- An important step in your new life with Jesus is the so-called water baptism. Baptism means being immersed in water by another Christian. This is a sign that you have given your life to God and now want to live with Him.
- In the Bible we read that people were completely immersed. A sprinkling or splashing with just a little water is not enough. The baptism can be, for example, in a swimming pool, in a lake, river or sea in nature, in a bathtub, in a paddling pool etc.
- You don’t need any specific preparation before baptism. You don’t have to study much or become “saints” before you can be baptized. The first Christians were baptized immediately after their decision for Jesus.
- You have eternal life from God from the moment you chose Jesus, gave your life to Him, and invited Him into your heart.
Then you will have your sins forgiven and a safe place in heaven for eternity. This is what happened when you converted to Jesus. And not only with baptism or when you take other steps.
- Water baptism symbolizes that you died (spiritually) and were buried under water. When you come out of the water, it symbolically means that you have risen again.
It means that you have a new life from God as a child of God. It symbolizes that Jesus rose from the grave on the third day after His crucifixion and came to life again. That happened on the first Easter.
- Any Christian who is baptized himself can baptize you.
- A baby baptism, as it happens in many churches, is not right. Because a baby wasn’t asked before if it wanted to live with God.
- Children can be baptized if they have made a clear decision for Jesus. There is no specific age limit.
- Perhaps you will find a congregation (e.g. free church) or other Christians who can baptize you.
- Discuss this with your parents too.
Here you will find detailed explanations on this topic: Water baptism (detailed article)
We wish you much joy and blessings.