We are so glad that you are considering baptism!
Please take some time to review the following information about baptism as It may answer some questions you have. And as always don’t hesitate to grab someone on Sunday to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
I. To Follow The Example Set By Christ “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” (Mark 1:9)
II. Because Jesus Commanded It. “Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciple, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.’” (Matthew 28:19-20)
III. It Demonstrates That I Really Am A Believer. “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” (1 John 2:3)
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
I. Because Jesus Was Baptized That Way. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:6)
II. Every Baptism In The Bible Was By Immersion. (for example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)
III. The Word “Baptize” Means “To Dip Under Water.”
IV. It Best Symbolized A Burial And Resurrection (see Romans 6:1-11)
V. The Founders Of The Major Denominations Agree:
“I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.” – Martin Luther (founder of Lutheran denomination)
“The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.” – John Calvin (founder of Presbyterian denomination)
“‘Buried with Him’ alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.” –John Wesley (founder of Wesleyan and Methodist denominations)
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
I. It Illustrates Christ’s Death, Burial, And Resurrection. “Christ died for our sins…He was buried, and He rose again.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Colossians 2:12)
II. Because Jesus Commanded It.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciple, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.’” (Matthew 28:19-20)
III. Baptism Doesn’t Make You A Christian. Only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward sign of the commitment you have made in your heart (see Ephesians 2:8-9)
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who has believed in Christ. A believer is someone who has realized that their sin separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized. (Acts 2:41; 8:12-12)
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). At Renew Church we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a personal decision to trust Christ as Savior, we gladly baptize them. It is awesome to see the faith of a little child!
WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?
In the Bible, we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone else to baptize them. So it seems more Biblical to wait until after a personal decision to trust Christ as Savior has been made by the child. If baptism is a public profession of salvation (as the Bible teaches), only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism. If you have not experienced adult baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you have believed. Acts 8:12 – “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
DOES THIS MEAN IT HAS TO BE IMMEDIATELY?
No, but the Bible teaches that baptism should follow your decision to become a believer. There is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are “good” enough, you will never feel ready for baptism.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Modest swimwear is great. Guys and Girls should also both wear a dark colored tee shirt, along with their swim wear. Remember to bring a change of clothes to wear home. Please bring a towel. Arrive no later than 30 minutes before the baptism.
HOW DO I LET SOMEONE KNOW THAT I AM READY TO BE BAPTIZED?
Let your Life Group Leader know, you can also let any of the leaders know on Sunday. You may also email us @: firstname.lastname@example.org , shoot us a text or give us a call @: 209.691.3572
WE ARE SUPER EXCITED YOU ARE TAKING THIS STEP IN YOUR FAITH….GREAT THINGS LAY AHEAD…
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” – EPHESIANS 3:20