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Believers Baptism

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“What Every Christian Should Know About Believers Baptism?
Why Should I Be Baptized? 
1. To follow the example set by Christ (). 
2. Because Christ commands it (). 
3. It symbolizes your commitment to Christ (). 
Why Do We Practice Baptism By Immersion? 
1. Because Jesus was baptized by that way (). 
2. Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. 
2 Examples: 
Baptism of Jesus (). 
Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch ().  3. The early church baptized by immersion. 
Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch (). 
3. The early church baptized by immersion. 
Baptism by immersion was originally practiced by all branches and sects of the early Christian church.
Sprinkling or pouring initially began as a way to baptize the sick or bedridden, but immersion was always the preferred method. Sprinkling was adopted by the Catholic church as the predominant method in the 13th century.
Tertullian, AD 200 — “We are immersed.” 
Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, AD 348 — “The body is dipped in water.” 
Extra-Biblical Sources: 
Epistle of Barnabas— “We indeed descend into the water full of sins and defilement, but come up, bearing fruit in our heart, having the fear of God and trust in Jesus in our spirit.” 
Hippolytus (170-235 AD)—“When the person being baptized goes down into the water, he who baptizes him, putting his hand on him, shall say, ‘Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty?’ And the person being baptized shall say, ‘I believe.’"
4. That’s what the word means? “Baptize” literally means “to dip under water.” 
5. Baptism by immersion is a picture of the saving work of Jesus Christ ().
Death and Burial
New Life / Resurrection
New Life / Resurrection
The Founders of Denominations Agree…
“I would have those who are to be baptized entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.” — Martin Luther
“The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.” —John Calvin
“Buried with Him alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.” —John Wesley
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