Baptism is a public testimony of the work of Salvation that God has already accomplished within us.
Baptism must preceded by a genuine conversion experience.
By taking part in baptism, we proclaim that we are dead to sin and alive to new life in Lord Jesus Christ.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life (Romans:6:4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life
Lord Jesus Christ was baptized (Matthew:3:16)
We are commanded to be baptized (Mark:16:16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
To qualify, you should:
Receive the word of God (Acts:2:41Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Believe on the word of God (Acts:18:8Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Repent of your sins (Acts:2:38), (John:3:56)
Repentance requires making a U-turn from your former sinful life and requires making a commitment to make major adjustments to your lifestyle.
Infants are disqualified as they cannot fulfill the above conditions. Infants cannot comprehend the need for a Savior nor the work of the Cross.
Scripture points to baptism by "immersion" rather than "sprinkling".
- Jesus was baptized in Jordan river Matthew:3:16
- Baptism of John was in much water John:3:23And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
- Eunuch went down in water Acts:8:38
Immediately - We should avail of the first available opportunity after our conversion (born-again) experience.
•Eunuch Acts:8:36- baptized immediately
•Paul Acts:9:18- baptized immediately
•Jailer and household Acts:16:33. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. - baptized
•Acts:22:16 - Why tarry?
If you were baptized as an infant or if you were baptized by sprinkling (without true understanding), we believe you can take a second baptism. (Acts:19:3,4,5,6)( Acts 19:3-6)
No - it is an important step of obedience in the life of a Christian and puts us on the path of perfection. It does not make us perfect.
Does Baptism bring an end to all our earthly struggles and temptations?
No. We will continue to face diverse trials but we will be joyful, despite the trials, because of God's grace and presence in our life.
Every trial is designed to make us stronger and purer in our faith so that we can be more effective vessels in His kingdom.