Step 2: The Most Important Decision To Be MadeLearn About The Decision To Be Baptized
What does it mean to make a decision to follow Jesus?
It means that you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
It can happen anywhere. Some may make a decision during a corporate worship service, driving down the road, hiking on a trail, or sitting at home at your kitchen table.
The place doesn’t matter, but what you decide about Jesus does.
The Bible tells us that it is the Holy Spirit that draws us to Jesus. During the experience of being drawn to Jesus, we recognize that our human efforts to live this life, and even reach the “perfect” standard are futile. Once we realize our sin and brokenness, we choose to trust in Jesus to help us reach the heavenly standard for us.
Many times this exact experience is played out by opening our hearts to God and praying the Lord’s Prayer with humility, abandonment, and desire.
We confess to God that we are sinners in need of a Saviour, that we are tired of trying to do this thing called life on our own. We believe that God made a way to salvation through his son Jesus Christ. We ask for faith to trust in his Son and for His Son to forgive us of our sins. We ask for strength and faith to repent from our sins, literally turning the opposite direction from where we were going in life, and choosing to live a life that honours God. We release everything to God, asking him into our heart and receive the wonderful gift of salvation.
Because of this, we now are able to believe and trust that we are part of the body of Christ. To testify to this, Jesus has commanded that His followers be baptized.
Baptism by immersion is the public expression of your faith. We follow Jesus’ example of being born of the water and His commandment to follow through with this expression. Through this act, we are identifying with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection, showing that we have died to our old selves, sin has been buried, and we are raised to new life in Christ.
If a person knows the Lord Jesus as Saviour, understands that Christian baptism is a step of obedience in publicly proclaiming his faith in Christ, and desires to be baptized, then there is no reason to prevent the believer from being baptized.
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Step 2: Make A Decision