What is Baptism?
Baptism is a public display of faith in Jesus Christ. It publicly announces that you have given your life to Christ, accepting that you are not perfect (sinful) and in need of a Savior, and that you are not ashamed of your relationship with Jesus. It is the symbolic WASHING AWAY of one's old self, and the acceptance of a new self and life in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The act of baptism can be defined as an outward expression of an inward decision.
What Does Baptism Mean?
1. Baptism illustrates Jesus' DEATH and RESURRECTION. "Christ DIED for our sins... He was buried... He was RAISED from the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). "For your were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to NEW LIFE because you have trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead" (Colossians 2:12). 2. Baptism illustrates NEW LIFE as a Christian. "For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live news lives (Romans 6:4). 3. Baptism doesn't make you a believer-it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you. Only your faith in Christ saves you. Baptism is like a wedding ring-it's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
Why Do We Get Baptized?
To follow the example set by CHRIST and because Christ commanded it. "One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized..." (Luke 3:21). "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).
How Do We Baptize?
We baptize by immersion, which means to be placed completely under water. We baptize by immersion for three reasons.
Jesus was baptized that way. "As Jesus was coming up out of the water..." (Mark 1:10) Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. "He ordered the carriage to stop and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." (Acts 8:38-39). The very word baptize means to immerse or submerge.
What If I Was Baptized as a Baby?
That's a great question. Baptism is a personal decision. If you were baptized and it wasn't your decision, the Bible says you should be baptized again, this time with the full knowledge of your commitment. Also, an infant would not have a salvation testimony to communicate to the church.
Want to Get Baptized?
If you have more questions about baptism, we would love to talk with you. You can call the church office anytime to talk to a pastor.
If you have accepted Jesus as your savior and believe you are ready to be baptized, sign up for our next Baptism Class, today!