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Should I Get Baptized?​—Part 2: Preparing for Baptism

Should I Get Baptized?​—Part 2: Preparing for Baptism

 If you’re living up to the Bible’s standards and cultivating a friendship with God, it’s only natural for you to be thinking about baptism. How do you know if you’re ready for that step? a

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 How much do I need to know?

 Preparing for baptism doesn’t involve memorizing facts, as a person might do to pass a school exam. However, you will need to use your “power of reason” to strengthen your conviction that what the Bible teaches is the truth. (Romans 12:1) For example:

  •   Are you convinced that God exists and that he deserves your worship?

     The Bible says: “Whoever approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.”—Hebrews 11:6.

     Ask yourself: ‘Why do I believe in God?’ (Hebrews 3:4) ‘Why do I owe him my worship?’—Revelation 4:11.

     Need help? See “Creation or Evolution?—Part 1: Why Believe in God?

  •   Are you convinced that the Bible’s message comes from God?

     The Bible says: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness.”—2 Timothy 3:16.

     Ask yourself: ‘Why do I believe that the Bible is more than a book of human ideas?’—Isaiah 46:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

     Need help? See “How Can the Bible Help Me?—Part 1: Exploring Your Bible.”

  •   Are you convinced that Jehovah uses the Christian congregation to accomplish his will?

     The Bible says: “To [God] be the glory by means of the congregation and by means of Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.”—Ephesians 3:21.

     Ask yourself: ‘Do I view what I learn from the Bible at Christian meetings as coming from humans or from Jehovah?’ (Matthew 24:45) ‘Do I attend meetings even when my parents cannot (if they permit you to do so)?’—Hebrews 10:24, 25.

     Need help? See “Why Attend Meetings at the Kingdom Hall?

 What should I be doing?

 You don’t have to be perfect to get baptized. However, you should be showing that you really want to “turn away from what is bad and do what is good.” (Psalm 34:14) For example:

 TIP: To help you prepare for baptism, read chapter 37 of the book Questions Young People Ask—Answers That Work, Volume 2. Note especially the worksheet on pages 308 and 309.

a Read the article “Should I Get Baptized?—Part 1,” which discusses the meaning and importance of dedicating yourself to God and getting baptized.