The Bible presents baptism as an outward sign of faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus, declaring the believer’s faith in, and identification with, their crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism is a visible sermon of the gospel of Jesus Christ, identifying the Christian with his death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19–20; Rom. 6:1–11; 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 2:12).
The Greek word used for baptism in the New Testament, baptizo, means “to plunge, dip, or immerse in water.” For example, in the secular ancient Greek, this word was used to explain things such as the sinking of a ship that had been submerged in water. In baptism, the believer is immersed beneath the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We baptize Christians in the same way as Jesus: immersed in water and then brought up out of the water (Mark 1:10; Acts 8:34–39).
The New Testament consistently demonstrates that those who are baptized are people who have put their trust in Jesus and turned from sin. Therefore, baptism is reserved solely for those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In addition, Jesus commanded that all Christians should be baptized (Matt. 28:19).
If you’re interested in being baptized or want a better understanding of baptism by immersion, attend Baptism 101 on November 10 at 5pm or November 11 during one of our services. Baptism 101 is required for all candidates wishing to be baptized during our weekend Baptism celebration on December 1 and 2, 2018.
Similarly, Kid’s First Step class is the next step for our kids who want to understand more about faith and Christianity. If your child is in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and they’re asking questions about salvation, baptism, or communion, sign up for Kids First Step! Our two-week class explains the basics of our faith in a fun and friendly way that’s easy to understand! A parent must attend with their child.