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.
- It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” – I Corinthians. 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” – Colossians 2:12
- It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he/she becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” – Romans 6:4
Baptism does not make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ and through His power does that occur. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it is the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
- Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” – Matthew 3:16
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
“…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” – Acts 8:38-39
- It’s what the word “Baptizo” means.
The New Testament was originally written in Greek, and this is where we get the word “baptizo.” The definition of this word is: “To immerse or dip under water.” This word was used because it best symbolized a burial and resurrection.
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” – Acts 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” – Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” – Acts 8:12
As soon as you have believed.
“Those who believe[d]…were baptized…that day!” – Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” – Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough!”
At Fellowship Community Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. The purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
We do offer a dedication service for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe.
I Have Decided
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