Why should we be baptized?


People went out to him [John the Baptist] from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 
Matthew 3:5-6
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Matthew 3:11
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.           Matthew 3:13
            Here are the reasons why we baptize.
·         Jesus was baptized so we follow him in obedience by being baptized.
·         The Greek word “baptiz┼Ź” means fully immersed. It means we’re all in with our faith and we’re saved from head to toe.
·         Baptism is a sign of forgiveness through confession. We are telling everyone that we believe that we are washed of our sins.
·         Baptism is a symbol of our belief in resurrection.  We “die” in the water and “rise up” to life.
·         Baptism is a public profession, giving glory to God and aligning you with a body of believers.
·         Baptism was a conscious decision by a willing participant. The people “went out” to find John and be baptized.