Second Command: Be Baptised

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptised, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2:36-41)
 
“Don't you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  (Romans 6:13-14)
Let’s nail our colours to the mast here. Everyday Church has its roots in the Baptist movement of churches. Everyday Church Wimbledon used to be called Wimbledon Baptist Church, Everyday Church Southfields used to be called Southfields Baptist Church and Everyday Church Kingston used to be called Kingston Baptist Church. We believe that baptism is of crucial importance to those seeking to follow Jesus.

We believe that this is true because the Bible says it is. On the Day of Pentecost, the second command that Peter gave to those who wanted to put their faith in Jesus (after repent) was to be baptised. The way that the first church knew that 3,000 people in the crowd that gathered had believed in Jesus was that they were baptised. Why is that so important? The Apostle Paul explains in Romans 6 that it is a physical sign that we now have the faith that baptises into Christ’s death. Baptism doesn’t save us, but it’s a major step in following Jesus because it shows that we have faith in him. Note the urgency in Peter’s voice in Acts 2. This is something that Jesus calls us to do urgently.

When I first believed in Jesus, I was nervous to get baptised. It felt like I was just trying to draw attention to myself. It was only when I was praying one night that God clipped me round the ear and reminded me that he’d called me to get baptised. It was actually my pride that made me not want to do so. I was less interested in being obedient than I was in not looking a certain way. My breakthrough came when I confessed that this was not how God was calling me to live. He had called me to get baptised and to bury my old self with Jesus in his tomb so that I could rise with Jesus by the power of God’s Spirit to live out my new life in him.
  1. How important do you think baptism is? Why do you think Peter calls for it so urgently?
  2.  Now that we are gathering back in person, it has never been easier.
  3. If you have already been baptised, then reflect on that day. What did God say to you then? What promises of God have you seen come true in your life since?
  4. Peter brings repentance and baptism together in this passage. How do you see repentance and baptism as being connected? Romans 6:13-14, above, may help.
Father God, I thank you for the gift of baptism. Thank you that it shows the washing free of sin that we can all have in Jesus. Thank you that our baptism covers us for life, just like your sacrifice. I pray that you will remind me of my baptism and keep its significance in my mind today. Amen.
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