“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What is Baptism?
Water Baptism is the first step that you can take to obey God in your walk with the Lord. It is the first commandment Jesus tells us to do when we accept Him in our hearts.
Who Should be Baptized?
You must believe then be baptized. Acts 2:38 “…Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy spirit.”, Acts 8:36-39 “Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the Eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’ Then Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the Chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the Eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when he came up out of the water…”
What Is The Meaning And Purpose Of Baptism?
Baptism identifies a believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In Romans 6:3-4 it says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life…”
Being baptized is a public testimony of your faith in Jesus Christ. It is the outward evidence of an inward reality.
Why Should We Be Baptized?
Jesus commanded the act of Baptism in the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:19-20 it says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (NKJV).
The Proper Mode of baptism is immersion. John 3:23 “because there was plenty of water” Mark 1:10 “came up out of the water” (When Jesus was baptized), Acts 8:38 “went down into the water, and he baptized him”.
What Should I Expect?
On the day of your baptism you will meet Jennifer Lukas in the foyer at at a designated time depending on which service you are being baptized in. At this time you will be given a baptism t-shirt, shorts, towel and a handkerchief to use you for the baptismal service (please bring dry clothes to change into). You will also be given final instructions for the service. We encourage you to invite all of your friends and family to join you for this special day as you are water baptized.
What’s My Next Step?
If you would like to be baptized in our upcoming baptism service, please listen to this message on baptism. It will help answer questions that you may have and also explain why we believe baptism is so important. If you are sixth grade and older, have given your heart to the Lord and would like to be baptized, please fill out a connect card from the back of the pews and turn into Guest Services. A ministry representative will then contact you.