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The Meaning and the Importance of Baptism

Taking the first step of baptism is crucial for God’s people seeking forgiveness of sins and hope for the kingdom of heaven.

Yet, there’s often confusion about when and how it should happen, with different teachings among churches. Should we study more in-depth first? Is there a waiting period, like 3 or 6 months of attending the same church?

The best way to find accurate answers to these questions is by turning to the Bible. According to the Bible, we should be baptized once we grasp God’s teachings. Just as a sick patient requires immediate care, sinners need God’s care right away, and baptism is the means through which we receive it.

Being Baptized Immediately

Following Christ’s teachings reveals that God’s will is for us to be baptized promptly (Lk 12:16–20). This aligns with the example set by Jesus’ disciples, who wasted no time baptizing new believers. The actions of Apostle Peter illustrate this. When preaching to Cornelius, Peter baptized him and his family immediately upon their realization of God’s word. There was no delay, no need for an elaborate ceremony—just a simple baptism with a focus on salvation and hope for heaven.

“‘Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.”

Acts 10:47–48

The Bible emphasizes the urgency of our spiritual life (Mt 16:26; Mk 16:16). Once we recognize and believe in the truth of God, immediate baptism is crucial. It sets the foundation for learning, step-by-step, how to lead a life of faith in alignment with God’s guidance.

Learn more about the significance of baptism and its relation to salvation.