What Is Baptism? A 3-Day Plan To Prepare Or Decide

Day 1 of 3 • This day’s reading

Devotional

If you’re reading this Bible Plan, you’re likely either curious about baptism, are already planning to be baptized, or maybe just got baptized and still have questions. That’s why we’re going to spend the next few days hearing what the Bible has to say about baptism and why it’s important. 

First, there are a couple of significant things to know: 

  1.  Baptism isn’t what saves you. Baptism is an outward sign of a change that’s already happened inside your heart. You can still follow Jesus without being baptized, and if you’ve accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you’ll spend eternity with Him, even if you don’t get baptized. In Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul reminds us we’re not saved by any good works—including baptism—but only by grace through faith in Jesus.       
  2.  Baptism is a symbol. For a married couple, wedding rings are an important symbol. A wedding ring tells everyone that they’re married, but the wedding ring isn’t what made the couple married. In fact, if one of them loses their wedding ring, they’re still married! Baptism is the same way. It’s a symbol that we belong to Jesus and we’ve committed our lives to Him.  

Now you know what baptism is. Tomorrow, we’ll cover why we should get baptized. 

Challenge: Spend a few minutes in prayer today and ask God to continue to reveal His love for you.