Have you been rescued by God's grace? Have you trusted in Christ and decided to follow Jesus? Declare your faith by getting baptized. If you've ever thought about getting baptized but have questions still unanswered, we would love to help you understand about this significant, next step in your journey of following Jesus.
What is the meaning and significance of baptism?
Baptism is a sacrament, it is an outward, public expression of our inward faith and a representation of our new life in Jesus Christ.
A Move from death to life
Baptism pictures Christ's burial and resurrection. Our immersion into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ's death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.
"Christ died for our sins.. He was buried...and He rose again" 1 Corinthians 15:3–4
"For when you are baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." Colossians 2:12
"Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:3-4
a brand new life
Baptism is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the 'old life' and we rise to walk in a 'new life'.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not 'save' you; only your faith in Christ does that.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8,9
a new family
Baptism connects us to the 'body of Christ', His people earth. In baptism there is a real sense of being joined with other believers, not just participating in an individual act of our own spiritual journey.
"For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body--whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." 1 Corinthians 12:13
Why should I consider getting baptized?
Jesus himself was baptized. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.
"At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God's Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Mark 1:9-11
an act of obedience
Baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
a public declaration
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
How are we to be baptized?
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer.
"...then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water...." Acts 8:38,39
The word "baptize" comes from the Greek word "baptizo" which means "to immerse or dip under water."
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water." Matthew 3:16
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ should be baptized. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptized (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!
"Those who accepted his message were baptized...." Acts 2:41
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8:12
We believe in baptizing children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make a personal declaration of belief.
Contact us below, and sign up to be baptized. We will make arrangements with you to do this, at our church.