WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is the public proclamation and expression of your faith in Jesus Christ by being completely immersed in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ and that you have turned from your old life of sin to a new life in Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation in your journey as you follow Jesus.
WHY GET BAPTISED?
Baptism is an act of obedience to the commands of Christ. Baptism allows us to demonstrate our connection with Jesus and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. But it's important to remember that Ephesians 2:8-9 says faith in Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation, not baptism. But, to fulfill His command, we're to be baptized following our decision to accept Him into our lives.
“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
Baptism is also a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb and His resurrection from the dead. As you stand in the water waiting to be baptized, you symbolize Jesus dying on the cross. As you are lowered into the water, you symbolize Jesus buried in the tomb. As you are raised from the water, you symbolize Jesus rising from the dead.
“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 canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG
WHEN SHOULD I GET BAPTISED?
Believers in the New Testament were baptised the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be, and is encouraged to be baptised. “Those who accepted his message were baptised.” Acts 2:41 “Then Philip began with that very passage of scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him.” Acts 8:35-39
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT BAPTISM CLASS!
Date: 11 June 2023, Sunday
Venue: SkyHoP (Skyline SIB)