Have you been wondering how you can follow through with a baptism? There are a few things you have to do before you can be baptized. The most important thing to do is repent to Jesus and our Lord for your sins and welcome Him into your heart. He will forgive you if you repent and truly mean it. He will save your soul and make you whole again in His name. You must truly believe in our Lord and believe that He is our Savior. You will know you have been saved as it is a feeling of wholeness and overwhelmingly incredible.
After He saves you, you need to confront your pastor and tell them how you have been saved and became whole with the Lord. If you don’t have a pastor or belong to a church, you will need to find one that conforms to the beliefs of the Lord and His Bible.
Once you confront the pastor, he/she will then ask if you would like to join the church and/or will ask if you would like to be baptized. There are many different ways of baptism: one is aspersion. Aspersion is when the pastor reads from his/her Bible and will sprinkle water over your head. This isn’t as common, but you will still be whole with the Lord and your sins will still be washed away.
There is also immersion. Immersion is the most common one that people decide to do. Many times you will be taken to a body of water and go in it about waist deep with your pastor. It is always best to wear older clothing of your choice and make sure you bring a towel. Your pastor will speak about the Lord and how your soul was saved by Him like he would if you were baptized with aspersion.
After he speaks, he will place a washcloth or a form of old fabric over your face and dunk you underwater as he announces that you are baptized in the name of the Lord. Some pastors prefer just getting a small bucket/bowl and pouring it over your head. Once you’re baptized in the blood of the Lord, you are officially washed free of your sins. Many pastors will baptize you in the name of the Lord, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes after baptism, pastors will ask if you would like to join their church and become a member if you haven’t done so already.
Christians who identify as Baptist are one of the largest sects of Christianity, with at least 100 million people around the world belonging to Baptist-type churches in 2010. What is it about Baptist Christians that sets them apart from other Christians?
While there is a huge variety of different beliefs between various groups of Baptists, there are a few beliefs that most Baptists share. These are believer’s baptism (only people who understand what is happening are allowed to be baptized, not babies or infants), by complete immersion; salvation by faith alone; Scripture as the only rule of practice and faith (sola scriptura); the accountability of every individual before God (soul competence); and congregationalist church government, where each Baptist congregation governs its affairs and answers to no higher church authority. Baptists have traditionally held to the belief that faith is a matter between an individual and God, and that religious freedom is a fundamental feature of a just society. Traditionally Baptists have been free to disagree with each other over matters of belief and practice, which has led over the years to the development of different Baptist subgroups and offshoots as believers disagree and leave to found their new groups.
Although many Baptists themselves believe that their tradition extends back to the time of the foundation of Christianity and that they are most like the original Christians, most historians date the Baptist faith to the 17th century English Separatists. After the Protestant Reformation, many people believed that the Church of England did not go far enough towards religious freedom and so split from the Church of England and fled England for more tolerant locales. The earliest Baptist church, most historians agree, was founded in Amsterdam in 1609 by John Smyth, a former Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. Over the years the English Separatists influenced and were influenced by the religious turmoil after the Reformation, sharing (and arguing about) ideas from other traditions and theologians like John Calvin and the Anabaptists and Mennonites of Germany. The Puritans that sailed to the New World in 1620 were a Separatist sect that had a huge impact on what would later become the United States.
Baptist-type groups settled in the British colonies of North America and played a major part in the foundations of American culture. As mentioned previously, they founded and for many years controlled Massachusetts, the cradle of the American Revolution. Pennsylvania and Rhode Island were also founded by Baptist-like groups looking for freedom to practice their particular types of Christianity. Many Baptists fought in the Revolution to guarantee freedom from the control of the Church of England, and it was a letter from Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut to Thomas Jefferson that solidified the concept of separation of Church and State that is a foundation of the US legal system.
Baptist churches and groups have spread all over the world and are one of the fastest-growing religious groups worldwide. Africa especially has seen the fastest growth, even while church membership in the US and Europe continues to decline.