WHEN SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?
In the Bible, people are baptized at the first available opportunity after they have repented of their sin and placed their faith in Christ. Baptism which takes place before a person has placed their faith in Christ is not true baptism according to the Bible.
WHY SHOULD A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST BE BAPTIZED?
1. To follow the example set by Jesus.
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)
2. Because Jesus said that all of His disciples should be baptized.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
3. Baptism demonstrates that a person has truly believed the gospel.
“…many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.” (Acts 18:8)
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. It pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) ”…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him.” (Colossians 2:12)
2. It pictures the washing away of my sin. “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)
3. It pictures the believer’s new life in Christ. “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
4. The act of baptism does not make a person a Christian. Salvation comes only by the grace of God through the faith of the believer! Baptism is a picture of what has already taken place in the life of the person being baptized.
WHY SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way. “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water…” (Matthew 3:16)
2. Because every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. “…and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)
3. Because the word baptize means “to go under water.” The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water.”
4. Because immersion best symbolizes death, burial and resurrection.
Upcoming Baptism Opportunities
Baptism is an integral part of almost all of our Worship Gatherings. Look at the schedule below, and let us know when you would like to be baptized by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-494-2647. Please arrive 1 hour & 15 min before the service in which you are being baptized for a brief gathering in the Altar Counseling Suite (Room W2060 in the Worship Center). Bring a swimsuit, dark shorts or pants to wear. We will provide you with a T-Shirt that you can keep. We also provide towels & blow dryers.
December 15 // 9:30AM in the Worship Center
January 5 // 10:00AM in the Worship Center
January 12 // 9:30AM in the Worship Center
January 19 // 9:30AM in the Worship Center
January 26 // 11:00AM in the Chapel
February 2 // 9:30AM in the Worship Center
February 9 // 9:30AM in the Worship Center
February 16 // 9:30AM in the Worship Center
February 23 // 11:00AM in the Chapel