Why Shouldn’t I Be Baptized?
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Why Shouldn’t I Be Baptized?

Acts 16:11–15  (ID: 1797)

The Gospel message is clear: we are to “repent and be baptized.” Many Christians, however, remain indecisive about a public profession of faith. In this message, Alistair Begg reminds us that baptism is an outward sign of our commitment to Christ and calls us to take Jesus’ invitation seriously. The baptism of believers should edify and encourage the local church as we witness the Lord’s transformative work in the lives of His people.

The Conversion of Lydia

11So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the4 district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.