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Baptism

Baptism

Baptism is the final step in submitting yourself to the will of Jesus. It is preceded by Hearing the Gospel, Believing in Jesus Christ, Repenting of your sins, and Confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior. If you desire to be baptized, sign up today and we will contact you shortly.

What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?

Baptism illustrates Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead. When we are baptized we figuratively “die” and consequently “rise” from the dead. Our old life is buried with him and we rise a new person with our sins forgiven and we receive the Gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God.

“having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12

“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.” Romans 6:3,4

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, ” 1 Peter 3:21

Why Be Baptized By Immersion?

The Bible is full of examples of people being baptized… everyone of them being baptized by immersion.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16

“…then both Phillip and the man went down into the water and Phillip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38,39

The Greek word for baptism is “baptizo.” It is defined as “to dip,” “to plunge,” or “to immerse.”

The act of baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as one is immersed under the earth when one is buried, one is immersed under the water upon being baptized.

Who Should Be Baptized?

One should be baptized after belief in the Gospel message – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, confessing the same of Lord and Savior, and repenting of their sins.

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16

“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

These verses indicate that a baby need not be baptized since they cannot yet believe in a message they do not understand, nor can they confess with their mouth, nor repent of their sins. There are no examples of infants being baptized in the Bible.

When Should I Be Baptized?

You should be baptized as soon as you believe. Scripture depicts people again and again coming to faith in Jesus and immediately being baptized. The Philippian jailer and his family were even baptized in the middle of the night!

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41

“While they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The officer said, “Look, here is water. What is stopping me from being baptized?” [Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you can.” The officer said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] Then the officer commanded the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the officer went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:36-38

” They said to him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and all the people in your house.” So Paul and Silas told the message of the Lord to the jailer and all the people in his house.At that hour of the night the jailer took Paul and Silas and washed their wounds. Then he and all his people were baptized immediately.” Acts 16:31-33

What Should I Wear?

Woman should wear shorts and a top or a swimsuit. Men may wear shorts, t-shirts or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. The church also has clothes available to use for baptisms.

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