30th October 2014
This Sunday we're so excited to be able to say that during the service we will be baptising three believers in water! However, an occasion like this should cause us to stop and think, what is baptism and why do we do it?
First and foremost, baptism is for believers, for people who have made a verbal and heart commitment to follow Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9). This means that they have acknowledged their sin and need for a saviour and decided to repent, which means saying sorry and turning away from this way of life. This is primary why we baptise by full immersion, as a sign that person is burying their old way of living and being raised in Jesus to a new life, future and hope.
Historically it has been said that we should be baptised as a public sign of our faith. Whilst this is a good reason to be baptised, it is not the reason the Bible gives! Biblically, the reason the early church baptised people was simply because Jesus taught them to (Matthew 28:18-20). Baptism therefore is essentially the first act of obedience for a believer to carry out. It is a sign and declaration to God that you are going to start as you mean to go on, by obeying Him and His word.
So have you been baptised? If not, why not? Is there something holding you back? Can we help? As a church we are passionate about creating disciples who are willing to be obedient to God whatever the cost or consequences. Therefore if you want to investigate baptism further, then please get in touch with one of the elders or the church office as we'd love to help you take the next step in your faith journey.