Christians are baptised as a sign that they have asked God to forgive their sins and that they want to live as God wants them to live.

It is an outward sign of commitment to God and belief in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

There are many references to baptism in the bible that help give us a better understanding of what baptism is really about;

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, 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."
Acts 2:38

And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:21

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Galatians 3:26-27

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.
Acts 22:16


Paula says: "My life was hard growing up and we didn't have much at all. I was persecuted by others as I grew for not having even the basic things everyone else had. Even though I didn't truly know God I always spoke to Him and He blessed me along the way. But life took its toll on me and I started to carry feelings I just couldn't get rid of, like sadness, bitterness and anger. I eventually turned to God and He freed me from the persecution and showed me the truth of Jesus Christ. I came to fully appreciate how Jesus died for us so that we may be saved. To be baptised signifies for me the death of my old self, my old life and all its persecutions, to be washed clean and reborn. A new person with a new life, a new outlook and a new purpose."

Bentley Baptist Church, Askern Road, Bentley, Doncaster DN5 0EW