A believer's baptism is a symbol of our identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We typically offer baptisms at our Wednesday night Sizzlin' Summer and other outdoor services.
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What is baptism?
Baptism is a willful act of obedience to the Lord, whereby a follower of Jesus publicly professes their faith in Him as their Savior and Lord, consequently identifying themselves with Christ and His Church. Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me…If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:35-38)
Why should I be baptized?
We are commanded to be baptized. Jesus, speaking to his disciples, commissioned them with these words, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit… (Matthew 28:18-19). True faith expresses itself in obedience; therefore, those who have placed their faith and trust in the Lord will desire to obey Him and be baptized.
What is the significance of baptism?
Immersion baptism is symbolic of the work of Christ through His death and resurrection. When the believer being baptized goes into the water, it pictures the death of the old self; coming out of the water points to the new creation in Christ Jesus – the old has gone and the new has come! (2Corinthians 5:17). Water baptism also symbolizes forgiveness of sin which is done by the shedding of Christ’s blood (Hebrews 9:22) and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-5).
What if I’ve been baptized as an infant? Should I be baptized again?
Faith in the Lord Jesus always precedes baptism in the Scriptures. As one came to believe and acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah and Lord, they identified themselves as a part of this new community (the church) by publicly confessing their faith through baptism (Acts 2:36-41; Acts 8:26-40; Acts 10:44-48). A believer’s choice to be baptized naturally flows as an outward sign of an inward repentant heart.
Does baptism save me?
No, baptism does not save. According to the Bible, we are saved by grace, not by works, through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). To the repentant thief on the cross, Jesus promised he would be with him in paradise that day (Luke 23:39-43). An obedient heart which chooses to be baptized is a result of salvation.
Why does the church practice baptism by “dunking” versus sprinkling?
The Greek word for baptism had references to immersing or dipping. An object immersed into a substance is totally identified with that substance, so “identification” is an important concept connected to the meaning of baptism. A believer’s baptism is a symbol of our identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-11; Galatians 2:20). Baptism also identifies the new believer as part of the body of Christ, His Church, and is symbolic of the cleansing of sin, which is accomplished by the blood of Christ (1Pet 3:18-21).