Will you trust God & fill the tank on September 12?

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“Fill the Tank” is a statewide emphasis to see believers baptized on Sept. 12 around the world. Emphasizing baptism on a specific day is a great way to encourage new believers to take the next step of obedience and faith while displaying a picture of the gospel to others.

Would you share with us how God is working in your church to bring people to Himself? We want to celebrate with you!

What happens after someone gets baptized?

A person who’s just been baptized may have taken their first step of obedience in a life of discipleship, and our churches must prioritize helping them to grow in their faith. Follow up individually with every person to make sure they understand their next step in following Jesus and to ensure they are connected with someone in your church who can continue to disciple them.

Does a believer have to be baptized to go to heaven?

What do I do if someone comes forward to be baptized but shows no evidence of salvation?

Prepare your pastors and baptism counselors to respond to these people by affirming their desire to be baptized and letting them know how glad you are to have this conversation with them. Explain to them that the act of baptism is just a symbol—it’s meaningless if it does not represent authentic repentance and faith in their life. Let them know that they’ve taken a courageous first step, and you’d love to talk with them a little more before they get baptized. Be clear that you are not saying “no,” but simply “not right now.”

At what age should a child be baptized?

How do I respond to someone who says they were baptized as an infant?

Does it have to be a pastor or minister who baptizes?

How do I plan for Baptism Sunday in my church?

Is baptizing someone on the spot just a gimmick?

To be sure, immediate response baptism calls have been used as a gimmick by some churches. But we also know that every baptism recorded in the New Testament is spontaneous and immediate—there was never a gap between when a person trusted Christ and when that person was baptized. We shouldn’t discard the biblical pattern become some have manipulated or misused it.

Shouldn’t we require a class for baptismal candidates to make sure their profession is sincere?

We need to be concerned that everyone who comes forward to be baptized understands the gospel and the significance of what they are doing, and we should have pastors and counselors available to talk with them. But baptism is the first step of obedience, not the sign of having reached a level of spiritual maturity. We should be equally concerned that we are not creating extra-biblical barriers to obedience.

How do I call people to an immediate response of baptism?

At the core, the invitation to be baptized is a call to respond to Jesus by surrendering to His commands. Start by clearly articulating the gospel and how to respond in faith to that news—don’t assume even those who have grown up in church understand that. Explain the symbolic nature of baptism as a public symbol of a commitment to follow Jesus, in the same way that a wedding ring is a symbol of a marriage commitment. You may want to proactively address common objections to baptism (see additional FAQs on this page).

A special thanks to NAMB for giving us permission to use their resources for our FAQ section. Learn more at www.namb.net/evangelism/baptism-sunday/

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