8. Water Baptism -- Sprinkle or Immerse?
It would also seem clear from scripture that those who were baptized, were fully immersed in water. Here's one reason why:
"And John was also baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there..." (John 3:23).
If John was merely sprinkling believers, he would have only needed a cup full of water.
Being immersed under the water represents you being buried with Him in His death. As you are coming out of the water it represents being raised with Him to a new life!
The Philippian jailer and his family were baptized at midnight, as soon as they believed. So what are you waiting for?
Who should baptize you? It is clear from Scripture that other believers had the privilege, but check with your pastor, he may want the honor himself.
Some believe there is a part of the work of salvation that happens during water baptism, most Christians believe it is simply a public proclamation of your new faith. Either way, it is definitely a symbol of your death and resurrection with Christ and we are commanded to be baptized as believers, so just do it!
To read all the passages about baptism written to New Testament believers in the books of Acts through Revelation click here.
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