Why should we be baptised?
- The example of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17).
- The command of Jesus (Matthew 28:19).
- The command of the apostles (Acts 2:38).
- The example of the early church (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:36-39, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:47 etc).
What does baptism mean?
The word 'baptise' means to immerse, to dip, to plunge. When something is baptised it is pushed under the water before emerging again.
For the Jews, baptism was a ritual washing. As the followers of Jesus embraced baptism, they endowed it with new meaning, and it became appreciated as a symbolic act – an outward expression of the inner change- of a life that had been lived apart from God, being made new. (Acts 22:16)
Baptism became a symbol of union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection which is integral to Paul's argument in Romans 6.
Being immersed symbolizes the surrender of one’s old way of life and living. Put to death in Jesus’ death, our sins are forgiven. Emerging from the water symbolizes the entrance into new life, won through Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. As he rose, so too are we raised to a new way of life in union with him. This embodies the Gospel message.
Who should be baptised?
The New Testament calls for people to believe in Jesus, first, and then be baptized. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:32) As such, we believe that anyone who can profess faith in Jesus for themselves should be baptised.
What does baptism do?
It is important to realise that there is nothing magical about baptism. It is a rich symbol, of the inner change that has already taken place the moment someone confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9)
In Baptism, we declare to God, the church, our family and friends, that we belong to Jesus; that we have decided to follow him; putting our old life behind us, as we move forwards in a new life in his power.
If You are interested in Baptism, please contact one of our Pastoral team