What is Baptism?
After you’ve been saved, you should be baptized. Baptism is actually pretty simple, and pretty cool.
Romans 6:3-4 says, “3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.”
Baptism is just a symbol of who we are in Christ. It is the biblical way we publicly identify with Christ. That’s it.
Baptism IS NOT necessary to be saved. When a thief died on the cross next to Jesus he came to faith in Christ and Jesus said he would be in Heaven. So no, you don’t have to be baptized to go to heaven. It is actually the other way around, you should be saved to be baptized (Acts 8).
The reason we dunk believers at Exponential Church is because when you’re baptized you are showing the world that you have been buried with Christ (buried in the water) and just as Christ came back from the dead to walk in a new life, we will too (which coming out of the water symbolizes).
Baptism IS NOT a mark of spiritual immaturity. You may have been saved for a long time. You can still be baptized. You may have just recently been saved, you can still be baptized, and you should. The simple truth is, Jesus commanded that his followers be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20). So that’s that. Baptism is not for the spiritually immature or mature, it is for the believer in Christ, the saved. That’s it.