Church Theology

Baptism

Baptims is an act of humble obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus Who has purchased the forgiveness of our sins and given us the gift of eternal life through His cruel suffering and death on our behalf. 

Jesus was publicly crucified for us. He wants us to publicly identify as His disciple through baptism. 

Christian Baptism is our public profession of one’s faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is a public testimony that one believes that Jesus Christ died for one’s sins and s/he desires to live the remainder of their days for the glory of God.

When We Are Baptized:

We declare that we have repented from all our sins as followers of Jesus: Acts 2:38: “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 We identify with Jesus in his death and resurrection:

Col. 2:12: “…having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Rom. 6:5-6: “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”

It symbolizes the washing away of our sins:

Acts 22:16: “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

We are committing ourselves to live the new life with Jesus: 

Rom. 6:5-11:  “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin…

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus”

Questions to Answer

  • Is this public profession a true and free statement made without coercion?” 
  • Am I ready to let Jesus Christ be the Lord of my life?” 
  • Have I confessed and repented of my sins to the Lord and asked for His forgiveness?” (I John 1:9)
  • Will I give a short testimony of my new faith In Jesus and Savior and Lord?

Practical Matters:  

  • Wear dark clothing 
  • Do not focus on the audience, but keep your eyes on Jesus. You are doing this for Him!
  • Ask God to baptize [immerse) you with His Holy Spirit t as you are baptized [immersed] in water! 
  • Be aware that as a follower of Lord, the devil will oppose you more—just as he did to Jesus. Remember that you can resist the devil and he will flee. Stay filled with the Spirit to win those battles.
  • Prepare your heart, not your appearance for the baptism service.