At the risk of being shot down.... baptism?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by WooHoo, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. WooHoo

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    Let me begin with my background. Raised & educated Roman Catholic - but funnily enough - my parents never got round to having me baptised (they actually forgot!) I never went to Mass again after leaving school and only attended Church for Weddings/Funerals/Christmas/Easter. I was and still am, completely disillusioned with the RC faith.

    I have always believed in one God, our creator and Jesus Christ our Saviour, and had led a "good life", but never a spiritual one per se.

    Now, about six months ago, after many discussions with a Baptist friend, I decided to see what this little church had to bring to my life.

    WOW! :love2:

    I'm so ashamed, so ... :BangHead: frustrated with myself, that I have missed out on the true teachings of the Bible. That I have wasted so much time learning about the one true way of life.
    I know i've changed - my friends and family tell me - I feel ... different.
    I know in my heart that I truly accept Jesus Christ as my saviour, and that he died on the cross for MY sins, and rose again on the third day.

    So, my question is, am I ready for Baptism? Why am I still so hestitant. I don't have any doubts of faith, and I guess one of my reasons for hesitating is that I don't want to seem proud or forceful. There are some in my church who have been attending church for many, many years who are still not baptised, and I don't want to seem to jump any gun.

    Thank you for reading thus far, and I welcome all comments.

    WH x
     
  2. Zenas

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    Why should you wait another day? New Christians in the Bible didn't wait. See, for example, Acts 8:36-38 and Acts 12:47-48.
     
  3. freeatlast

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    No guns blazing here. It is great to hear that you are now finally after all this time beginning to see things new. Here is what you said; "I truly accept Jesus Christ as my Saviour." If Jesus is truly your Lord and Saviour then you need to be Baptized. Baptism is the first command that is given to anyone who has come to repentance towards God and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not look at what others are doing. They may not be saved. If you really feel that you have surrendered your heart to God by receiving His Son as Lord then it is not a question of waiting. It is your first command in your new life so you really need to get it done as soon as possible.
     
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  4. Deacon

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    Baptism identifies you with your Savior and with the body of Christ.

    Are you willing to make a committment?

    Rob


    Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them,

    “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

    Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

    For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
    Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

    Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

    So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

    Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
    Luke 14:25–35 (NAS)


    Rob
     
  5. Old Union Brother

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    Feeling different....How wonderful it is to have the peace that only God can provide. Feeling that you have been washed in the blood of the lamb and made clean is the greatest gift a man can attain in theis world. When I had this feeling I desired baptism. Read I Peter 3:21 I'm a KJV reader so I don't know how other translations read but this verse tells us that " baptism is the answer of a good CONSCIENCE toward God." Praising God for the gift you have recieved
     
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    Yes, you should get baptized without delay. You have faith in Christ and you seem ready to make that commitment and join a church. Go for it!
     
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    You said something about pride.

    Maybe for you it IS pride and you need to quelch that first and make sure you're doing it as a step of obedience and because it is right, giving the TOTAL glory to God for your salvation and NONE to yourself.

    On the other hand, if you wait until you're perfect, it won't ever happen. It IS the next step so try to take it.
    Pray and figure out if your hestitation is because you haven't fully accepted Christ or if it's sin trying to stop you from growing in the faith.
     
  8. Aaron

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    Why are you asking us? Ask the minister by whom you heard the Gospel and were converted.
     
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    I assure you, you've just related the case of many of His Lambs down through the centuries.

    Brother, I'd say you're as ready as you'll ever be. What doth hinder you?

    If you wait till you get better you will never do it.
     
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    Praise God that you have heard the gospel.

    I would proceed in the gospel with the first act of obedience, be baptized!

    Note that for all the discussions we have here on the board concerning the finer theological points surrounding baptism, none of us would suggest that one needs to complete their sanctification process before entering the waters of baptism in faith. Baptism is a first step. That you know your salvation well enough to profess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, that you are saved by grace through faith, repenting of your sins, and that you desire to follow after Christ, you are a viable candidate.

    Come back and share your celebration with us! We LOVE Christian birthdays! :thumbsup:
     
  11. Amy.G

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    Well all I can say is WOOHOO for woohoo! It seems as God is convicting you to get baptized, so go for it and rejoice in your obedience to the Lord and His awesome grace in saving you!
     
  12. Winman

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    WooHoo

    God Bless that you have trusted Jesus as you Saviour!

    Yes, you need to get baptized right away. If you read the scriptures, most new believers were baptized immediately.

    Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
    36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
    37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
    38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.


    So, you see the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized immediately after trusting Jesus. The Philipian jailer in Acts 16 was also baptized the same night he believed along with all his family.

    I cannot help but suspect that part of the problem is your family. You said you were raised Catholic. I can understand that being baptized might cause some real problems with your family. But you should be baptized as a testimony that you have trusted Jesus. It might cause problems at first, and I have known many former Catholics that have gone through this, even marriages that almost came to divorce over this issue, but I have also seen many folks who came from these former Catholic's families get saved. Trust God and follow his command.
     
  13. th1bill

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    WooHoo,
    I was the man behind the mic on Friday and Saturday night calling motel time and i walked off the stage after singing in the New Year for the drnks, filled by and with the Holy Spirit of God and straight into the church and after the Pastor queried me to be sure my first question was, Can i be Baptized before my bithday, it was and is the 25th of January and the week before my birthday i, publicly, made that statement of faith. As a Teacher I urge you to be baptized as soon as you can be... Tell the world you are stand with and because of Jesus!
     
  14. Alive in Christ

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    Based on what I read in your 1st post...YES!!

    :thumbsup:
     

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