Baptism for Christians is an important moment in their journey of faith when they publicly declare their decision to follow Jesus Christ. But it’s more than just a declaration.
Baptism is an act of faith and obedience. It is one of the key instructions Jesus gives to all believers if they want to choose to follow Him.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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
Jesus himself was baptised. Even though he was without sin, he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.
“At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Mark 1:9 MSG
When we are baptised we publicly declare our decision to follow Jesus and to live our lives in obedience to His Word, turning from our sin and living a life of faith.
The reason that we are immersed in water during our baptism is to act as a symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Going down into the water represents the death of our old life and rising from the waters represents the new life we receive in Christ.
“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG
Baptism becomes a key date in your life, just like marriage, which you can celebrate as the day you recognised the new life Jesus has given you before family and friends. Baptism is not something we do in order to believe. It is what we do to show that we have already accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.
How are we to be baptised?
As a church we believe in baptism by full immersion in water. The word “baptise” itself comes from the Greek word “baptise” which means “to immerse or dip under water”. Full immersion is the way Jesus was baptised and so we choose to do the same.
“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16.
Who should be baptised?
Every person who chooses to follow Jesus Christ and become a Christian.
How can I find out more?
Throughout the year we hold baptisms in our services. If you would like to be baptised, or you would like to find out more about it then contact your location and one of our pastoral team will be in touch. Or speak to your Lead Pastor after the service this weekend.