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OUTWARD EXPRESSION | INWARD DECISION
What is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life.
Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Christian baptism is the process by which a person makes a public profession of faith in Jesus:
Matthew 3:6 “Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.”
Acts 8:35-38 “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”
What does baptism illustrate?
By being baptized, you are showing as a testimony to others that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and believe that he has forgiven you of your sins. You are willingly and intentionally allowing Jesus to change your heart.
Ephesians 4:22-24 “…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Christian baptism illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
Romans 6:4 “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.”
Why should I/can I be baptized?
Jesus was Himself baptized. - Matthew 3:13 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.”
Jesus commanded it. - Matthew 28:19 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,
It is an important step of obedience in following Christ. It is important to understand that baptism is the expression of salvation not a contributor to it. - Mark 1:5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
How am I baptized?
Our practice is to baptize by immersion. The word baptizo in Greek is translated “baptize” in the New Testament meaning to “dip” or “immerse.”
The New Testament states that baptism is to represent the Christian’s spiritual union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, which is remarkably and dramatically pictured in immersion.
Romans 6:3-6 “Or 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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and would like to get baptized, click the link below to fill our baptism application. One of our staff will follow up with you on details of our next baptism opportunity.