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What’s the big deal about baptism?

And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins by calling on His name.Acts 22:16
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Common questions about baptism.

The Bible tells us to be baptized. We are following the example that Christ set for us. Our pastor says that baptism is a public declaration of a new association with Christ.
The Bible teaches that baptism comes after salvation. As soon as you are saved, the next step is to be baptized.
No. Baptism is simply telling the world that you have already been saved.
Biblical baptism is the immersion in water of a person who has accepted Christ as his/her personal Savior. That is not the purpose of infant baptism.
No. Even after being saved and baptized, you will still sin.
The only baptism the Bible talks about is “baptizo”, which means to dunk or immerse. Sprinkling, whether on an infant or an adult, is nowhere to be found.
Infant baptism is the belief that a baby can be saved if he/she is sprinkled with water. The Bible does not mention infant baptism. In fact, the Bible teaches that the only way a person can be saved is by believing in Christ. Most Bible teachers agree that small children and babies who die before they can comprehend salvation will still go to heaven.

Baby dedication, which we do at The Rock Church, is when parents present their baby or young child (usually 4 years old or younger) in church, promising to raise him for Jesus and asking the church to pray for your family as you do so. Basically, you stand up in church with other parents and babies, as a statement that you want to raise your child for Jesus. The pastor prays for your family and you usually are given a little Bible, as a reminder of your promise!

There is no particular age. When a child is old enough to understand salvation and choose to follow Jesus, he/she is old enough to be baptized. Someone from the church will talk with your child prior to baptism to make sure she understands what it means to be saved and baptized.

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