Excited to hear the news yesterday that we have 34 now signed-up to be baptized at our special Water Baptism Gathering on May 20th at 6pm! In our 11am gathering yesterday, I took some extra time to explain the powerful picture of forgiveness found in baptism. If you’d like to hear the message click HERE.
If you haven’t been baptized since making the decision to become a follower of Christ, you can sign-up HERE. We have a required information class for all those being baptized on the 20th that will give each person added understanding and information about this important act of obedience in walking out their faith in Christ. In the meantime, here are a few points about Water Baptism that may prove helpful:
1. The Standard: The biblical pattern is to repent of one’s sin, receive Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross as payment for sin, and be water baptized as soon as possible afterwards. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4)
2. The Source: The practice of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. They declared to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
3. The Symbolism: Water Baptism is an outward act that symbolizes an inner work of salvation.
4. The Significance: We are free from the power of sin. We now have the power to say “yes” to God and “no” to sin. We are declaring that we are new creations in Christ.