Baptism

You may be wondering, why is baptism necessary? Great question! Keep in mind it's your personal relationship to Jesus Christ that provides you with the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). Baptism is what happens after a person has made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. That is why we refer to baptism as "believers baptism." It's what believers do!

The word "baptism" literally means "to dip under or place under" water. To put it simply, it means to immerse. That is why we practice baptism by immersion. It's what the word means and the Bible teaches.

Baptism is the first act of obedience of the new Christian. Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" - Matthew 28:19-20, ESV.

When you think of baptism, think of it as a symbol or as a drama. You are "acting out" what has taken place within your life as a result of receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Baptism is a symbol or drama of five incredible truths:

  • KING: In baptism I am proclaiming (acting out) that Jesus Christ is King of my life. I am doing what He says I am to do.
  • WASHING: In baptism I am proclaiming (acting out) that as a result of my relationship to Jesus Christ I have been washed from my sins.
  • BURIAL: In baptism I am proclaiming (acting out) that burial has occurred. I have died to my sin and living for myself.
  • NEW BIRTH: In baptism I am proclaiming (acting out) that in Christ Jesus, I am a new creation. I have been "born again," or "born anew."
  • UNION: In baptism I am proclaiming (acting out) that I am united with Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection and with fellow believers in the body of Christ, His church.

In baptism you are taking a stand. You are saying to all who are present at your baptism that Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord and you are committed to living a life that pleases Him!

 

If you have any questions about baptism or what it means to be a follower of Christ, please contact the Church Office at 803.772.3227.

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