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Baptism


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What is the meaning of baptism?

Baptism is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:3-4 “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 “. . . that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

Because it represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, baptism must be by immersion. As we read in the New Testament, every baptism was by immersion, including the baptism of Jesus.

“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him” (Matthew 3:16).

The original word for baptize meant to submerge or dip under water. As you study God’s Word, it will become clear that immersion is the only valid mode of baptism.

Who should be baptized?

Only those who have trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized.Baptism_t

“Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).

Some churches practice christening, a ceremony where the child is sprinkled and the parents promise to raise the child under the umbrella of the Christian faith. When he is older, the child is expected to go through confirmation and make his own confession of faith. Though the motives behind this practice are noble, the act of christening is not biblically based and has nothing to do with biblical baptism. There is no record of any infant baptism in the New Testament. Only believers were baptized.

The New Testament pattern is clear, consistent and constant. Only those who believed the Gospel and received Christ were baptized and always by immersion.

Baptism is not necessary for salvation. The Bible teaches that salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Christ.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus commanded that those who have received Him as their Savior be baptized. Baptism is your first act of obedience to Him, as Lord of your life.

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“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

Jesus illustrated the importance of baptism by beginning His earthly ministry with His own baptism, thereby setting the example for us to follow.

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him” (Matthew 3:13).

Baptism is the means by which you publicly profess your faith in Christ. Just as a wedding ring symbolized to the world that a person is married, baptism declares to all that you have received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When should I be baptized?

Since baptism is a public testimony of one’s faith in Christ, we recommend that each person seek the counsel and instruction necessary to prepare him or her for this public act of worship.  Those who desire baptism will be asked to participate in a new believer’s class and provide a written copy of their profession of faith to the pastors of New City Church.

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

“Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household'” (Acts 16:30-31).