Why Should I Be Baptized?

I'm preaching from Romans 6 this week in a series called, "Why?: Answers to the Basic Questions of the Christian Faith." I'm addressing the question, "Why Should I be Baptized?"

I won't be covering them all on Sunday, but here are ten biblical reasons believers in Jesus should be baptized by their local church:Why?2

  1. Jesus was baptized, so imitate him (Matt 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-22).
  2. Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized (Matt 28:18-20).
  3. Baptism publicly identifies you with Christ (Gal 3:27).
  4. Baptism visibly demonstrates your death to sin and birth to a life lived for God (Rom 6:3-4; Col 2:11-12).
  5. Baptism foreshadows the Christian hope of a future, bodily resurrection (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:11-12).
  6. Baptism visibly demonstrates the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in your life (Acts 22:16; 1 Cor 6:11; Eph 5:25-27; Titus 3:4-7).
  7. Baptism is the normal culmination of your conversion experience (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 16:15; 16:33, 18:8; 1 Pet 3:21).
  8. Baptism is a prerequisite for church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:41).
  9. Baptism is a foundation of unity in the church (Acts 10:47; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 12:12-13; Eph 4:4-6).
  10. Baptism is an ongoing reminder of the life of holiness to which God has called you (Rom 6:1-14; 1 Cor 6:11).