But before that day, there are adjustments to be made. Knowledge of the Scriptures alone is not enough. Action is required such as a study of the Bible, followed by attending Christian meetings, which will help the individual to increase their knowledge of Jehovah God. Then as their knowledge grows they will be moved to want to share it with others in the ministry work. This gives evidence of their desire to do Jehovah’s will. Repentance and conversion are necessary steps before one gets baptized. This means rejecting one’s former way of life and the fleshly pursuits it may have involved and replacing that with a new determination to stick close to God’s standards. This includes approaching Jehovah God in prayer and dedicating your life to him.
Baptism takes place during one of our public conventions or assemblies. During the convention, there is a Bible discourse given specifically to the baptismal candidates underscoring the importance of dedicating one’s life to our creator, Jehovah God. After the talk he or she will then be immersed completely in water, symbolizing their dedication to Jehovah God.
Of course, baptism is only the first step in the lifelong journey of being a witness of Jehovah God. Afterwards, each individual must continue faithful to their dedication to God by the decisions they make each day. A challenging yet rewarding life decision!
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