We’re going to kick off the fall right with a BBQ and baptism after church on Sunday, August 26th. All adults and children who have a genuine relationship with Jesus are welcome to be baptized.
Sign-up to be baptized at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s some helpful information and scriptures on baptism we call “Baptism 101”
What it is:
Baptism is a public declaration of a personal conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of your life. Baptism means to immerse believers in water representing the death of their old life and then bringing them up from the water representing the newness of life Jesus. Simply, It is the outward expression of an inward reality of faith. Jesus commands us to be baptized (Mark 16:16) and to baptize believers (Matthew 28:19), not as a necessity for salvation, but as a measure of public worship of Jesus Christ.
What I do:
Think about why you want to be baptized and be prepared to tell a leader or pastor. Meditate on some of the scripture provided below. Tell friends, family members, and anyone important to you to come to the baptism.
What I bring:
Please bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a robe (if desired) to change into after your baptism. You will have time to change into a swimsuit or appropriate clothes before the baptism.
1. Baptism is commanded by Jesus for believers:
Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Matthew 28:18 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
2. On occasion, Jesus baptized people Himself
John 3:22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized.
3. Jesus’ baptism is referred to as baptizing with the Holy Spirit (and fire).
John the Baptist speaking: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:8) See also (Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26-33).
4. Baptism was practiced in the early church as found in the book of Acts.
Acts 2:38 & 41 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added [to them].
5. Paul provides a clear explanation of baptism in Romans 6:
Romans 6:1-4 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
6. Baptism points to our new identity in Christ.
Galatians 3:37 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.