Water baptism is an outward display of an inward decision. After giving your life to Christ and making the personal decision to follow Him as your Lord and Saviour, Scripture encourages us to make a public profession of that faith. Acts 8:26-40 tells a story of a Treasurer in Ethiopia who was reading out of the book of Isaiah on how Christ would be crucified for our sins. The Treasurer was so moved by this story he wanted to accept Christ as his Saviour. As the Treasurer walked down a road he saw a body of water and said, “I need to be baptized!”
This is the reaction from those in Scripture who accept Christ. They want to take their faith public for the world to see. We hope this is the reaction all Christ followers will have. As a person is immersed in water and brought out of the water, it creates an actual picture of old life being washed away (under the water) and being raised to new life (coming out of the water) in Christ Jesus. The Scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:17, gives words to this when it says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Baptism is not a means of salvation. Salvation is only found in Christ Jesus, but baptism is a chance to make it known that you have chosen to follow Jesus; what an exciting moment of celebration!
If you have made a decision to become a Christ follower or have the desire to be baptized, please contact us. We would consider it an honour to celebrate this decision with you and answer any questions you have about where to go from here.
What is baptism?
- It’s a testimony of life change. Baptism testifies to the fact that we have placed our trust in Jesus to save us from our sins, and life change has come to us.
- It symbolizes cleansing. We have died to our old way of life, and embraced something better. Check out Romans 6:1-4
- It unifies us. Baptism reminds us that we’re not alone in our faith. This life is best lived in community with others, and by sharing our decision to follow Christ we invite companions for our journey.
- It communicates obedience. Jesus was baptized to show us its value. He knew we needed it, and so He asked us to do it.
- It keeps us accountable. By being baptized, we symbolically ask fellow believers to re-mind us of our decision. We not only celebrate together, but we also carry each other through difficult times.