UNDERSTANDING BAPTISM: SYMBOLIZING NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
Baptism symbolizes a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, signifying the inner change through accepting Him as Lord and Savior. It involves immersion in water, representing the washing away of one’s old life and emergence of a new life in Christ, embodying the spiritual transformation and reflecting Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Numerous Bible passages discuss the topic of baptism.
“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’
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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.’”
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
“…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand…”
“Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.’”
WHAT DOES BAPTISM SIGNIFY?
1 Baptism is a public declaration that one identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s an outward expression of an inward decision to follow Him.
2 When a person is baptized, they declare that they have turned away from their old life of sin and received new life in Christ. It represents a transformation of the heart and a commitment to live a life that reflects the love and teachings of Jesus.
3 Baptism is a public proclamation of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a way to publicly declare that one has accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and desires to follow Him for the rest of their life.
WHEN IS THE NEXT BAPTISM?
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QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
Before the baptism day, each individual meets with Pastor Paul to discuss their faith and answer any questions. On the day of the baptism, the individual will enter the water and affirm their belief in Jesus Christ as God in the flesh, who died on the cross as payment for their sins and rose again from the grave. The pastor will then lay hands on the individual’s head and shoulder to assist them in going under the water. When they emerge from the water, it is entirely acceptable to express one’s feelings as this is an emotional moment. Everyone celebrates the individual’s faith journey, and they receive a baptism certificate to commemorate their commitment to Jesus.
As baptism focuses on Jesus and His work in one’s life, we encourage individuals to wear clothing that reflects this. Bathrooms are nearby for changing, and we suggest wearing dark shorts, a dark top for women, and a T-shirt for men. You should wear swimsuits underneath and bring a towel and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
If all family members professed faith in Jesus and understood baptism’s significance, they can be baptized together. Yes, we encourage it! We request that each individual speaks with Pastor Paul in advance.
It is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a religious tradition. Do not delay your baptism if your family members are not ready to make the same commitment if you feel called to be baptized. Waiting could hinder one’s obedience to God and put unnecessary pressure on family members.
Baptism is a joyous occasion that should be celebrated with family and friends. It is an opportunity to share the love of Christ with others and celebrate the transformative power of His grace. Invite anyone who supports your faith journey, even those who may not share the same beliefs.
At our church, we strive to accommodate individuals with special needs. Please inform Pastor Paul of any particular circumstances before the baptism, and we will work with you to make the necessary arrangements.
Baptism is a beautiful expression of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. At our church, we believe baptism is an essential part of one’s faith journey and encourage everyone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior to take this vital step. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your baptism, please speak with Pastor Paul. We look forward to celebrating this special moment with you.