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I am nervous about being baptised. We are baptised with water over the forehead rather than full submersion and I'm nervous I might get emotional.
Thank you for sharing your situation. I am sorry to hear that your upcoming baptism is causing you stress.
Baptism by effusion (water over the head) or submersion (fully under water) is an outward sign of what God has done inside the believer. The symbolism is that our old self is buried with Christ and the new creation in Christ rises with him. We have no need to fear the meaning of baptism.
It is also a public declaration of what Christ has done in your life and to proclaim to all that he is your friend, Saviour and King.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4)
If you are very scared or nervous I would encourage you to perhaps ask the leaders if it can be arranged with a smaller group of people present. There is no requirement to have large groups of people present at a baptism. In fact, in Acts 8:26-40, Philip baptises an Ethiopian where only a few people, perhaps even the two of them, were present.
I would also encourage you to share about your fears of becoming emotional. There is nothing wrong with becoming emotional at such an event. In fact every baptism I have participated in or witnessed the people being baptised or watching the baptism become emotional because it is such a special event.
People love to see others making this public confirmation of their faith as it encourages them, challenges unbelievers and helps us to know who is part of the family of Christ with us.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
I will pray that you know the peace of God in this situation and that you are able to be baptised with joy at what Christ has done.
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
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