Baptism December 3, 2023
END OF YEAR
PASTOR'S BAPTISM 2023
Sunday, December 3, 9:30 AM
Baptism will take place at 9:30 a.m., please be in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
What a person does with Jesus is the most important decision they will ever make. Not only does Christ invite us into a relationship with Him through His gift of grace, He commands us as followers to be obedient to His ways and words. Christ commands us to be baptized as an act of obedience to Him. Baptism doesn't make a person holier or more spiritual. Baptism is a chance to be obedient to Christ. It's an opportunity to identify oneself as a believer and follower of Christ. It's proclaiming the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It's going public with your faith and confessing Jesus as Lord of your life! Baptism is a celebration of new life in Christ!
WHAT IT IS NOT
Although baptism is a part of salvation (I Peter 3:21), baptism does not save you. This means that it doesn't purchase your way to heaven, guarantee you a personal relationship with Jesus, or get rid of your sins. Baptism is an expression of faith by obedience to Christ (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41). Faith in Christ and repentance from sin are necessary to its validity (Matthew 3:8; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:37).
WHY DO IT?
Because Jesus did it (Matthew 3:13-17).
Because Jesus commands you to do it in obedience (Matthew 28:18-20)
Baptism identifies us with the burial of Jesus (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12). It indicates we died to sin by repentance and are burying our past sins, the dominion of sin, and the sinful lifestyle.
Baptism is part of our spiritual circumcision (Colossians 2:11-13).
WHEN TO DO IT?
Followers of Jesus were baptized after repenting and committing their lives to Jesus (Acts 16:29-33).
THE SYMBOL OF BAPTISM
Baptism symbolizes Jesus death, burial and resurrection. It symbolizes your death to sin and your new life in Jesus (Romans 6:3-4).
HOW TO BAPTIZE
The original word in the bible for baptized is baptizo, it means to immerse in a body of water. Followers of Jesus in bible were plunged into water (Acts 8:35-38).
BAPTISM CLOTHING WILL BE PROVIDED.