Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
Jesus commands us to baptize others and set the example by being baptized Himself.
- Baptism is a symbolic act for someone who has turned from their sin, and are trusting and following Jesus Christ. It is not an act of salvation.
- Baptism is a picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
- The person is immersed in the water symbolizing they have died to their sin. Then they are brought back up showing they are now alive in Christ.
Why do some churches baptize infants?
Some churches see baptism as the New Testament continuation of the Old Testament practice of circumcision. They see baptism as the sign of the new covenant and thus baptize their children because they are children of the covenant. However, the New Testament examples and descriptions of baptism show that baptism is for those who have actively placed their trust in Jesus.
Is anyone allowed to baptize a new believer?
The New Testament examples of baptism show that as a Christian leads someone to know Christ, they baptize them. In addition, the New Testament gives no explicit restrictions as to who can baptize others. In fact, Peter describes the priesthood of all believers in 1 Peter 2:4-10. Therefore, any believer is allowed to baptize a new believer.