WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT BAPTISM
“Therefore, 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
In a direct command Jesus told his disciples to baptize new disciples. In the book of Acts we see many examples of the disciples baptizing new believers in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41, 8:38, 9:18, 10:47)...
We believe that baptism is for believers, people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. If you believe that Christ died for your sins and that He is your only hope for eternal life, then baptism might be the next step in your journey of faith.
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What does baptism do?
Does baptism save me? NO. Salvation comes through faith in Christ alone. Baptism is not necessary for a new life in Christ and the assurance of salvation (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 1:16).
Baptism is a visible picture of an invisible reality. Upon trusting Christ, you were baptized by the Holy Spirit into the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This is something that we can’t actually “see.” Water baptism pictures the fact that, as a believer, you are buried with Him (immersed in water) and raised with Him (coming out of the water) to new life.
Why do people decide to get baptized?
Many believers are baptized simply as an act of obedience to Christ’s command in Matthew 28:19. In addition, others see it as a way to publicly attest to their faith in Christ. It can be an outward sign to family members and friends that you have decided to follow Jesus. Water baptism can be a special moment where you physically sense what God has done for you in Christ.
Still wondering about baptism?
Before you make the decision to be baptized, you can find out more and get your questions answered by attending a Discovering Baptism class. Contact Ashley Moore for information about the next class.
Next Baptism Sunday: November 10, 2013
What should I do if I want to be baptized?
- Download a baptism booklet (or pick one up from the Information Center).
- After you have read through this booklet, please complete the Baptism Commitment Form (you can complete this online or pick one up at the Information Center).
- Once we have received your form you will be contacted about attending a mandatory baptism class. During the class you will receive teaching on baptism as well as further instruction regarding the details of the baptism service.
Questions? Contact Ashley Moore.