Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection.
Believers in Jesus Christ should desire to be baptized. Christian Baptism is how a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of Baptism, a person says, wordlessly, “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life.”
Baptism illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it also shows our death to sin and new life in Christ. Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation.
Your Baptism should have signified you are becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your Baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
Some Christians who have already been baptized choose to be re-baptized as a “spiritual refresher” or an act of rededication. Is there anything wrong with being re-baptized in such a case?
The Bible presents Baptism as a one-time event, as it signifies salvation, a one-time event. Nowhere in Scripture do we see an example of Christians being baptized multiple times. Therefore, choosing to be re-baptized may be permissible, but it doesn’t add any spiritual benefit. Assuming one’s motivations are godly, being re-baptized is not sinful, but neither is it necessary.
Believer’s Baptism involves a person hearing the gospel, accepting Christ as Savior, and choosing to be baptized. We will baptize anyone over age seven who understands what Baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration.
Believer’s Baptism involves a person hearing the gospel, accepting Christ as Savior, and choosing to be baptized. It is his or her choice. In infant baptism, the choice is made by someone else, not the child being baptized. In the Bible, we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17). At CrossPoint, we offer child dedication, where the parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her confession of Christ. To find out more or to schedule a child dedication, go to our child dedication page.