You may have heard recently about LifePoint's upcoming Baptism Weekend on April 1st and 2nd. This may leave you with a few questions about baptism, and that's okay! We are here to help!
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is the act of a believing Christian who wants to publicly confess their personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Is is symbolic of the burial (going under the water) and resurrection (being lifted out of the water) of Jesus. The act of baptism can be defined as an outward expression of an inward faith or reality.
WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN?
Baptism illustrates Jesus' burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...he was raised from the dead." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead." Colossians 2:12
Baptism illustrates new life as a Christian.
"For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." Romans 6:4
Baptism doesn't make you a Christian - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring p it's the outward symbol of your faith in Christ and your desire to follow Him.
WHY DO WE GET BAPTIZED?
To follow the example set by Jesus and because Jesus commanded it.
"One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus Himself was baptized..." Luke 3:21
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you are ready to make a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ.
HOW DO WE BAPTIZE?
We baptize by immersion, which means to be placed completely under water. We baptize by immersion for two reasons:
- Jesus was baptized that way. "As Jesus was coming out of the water..." Mark 1:10
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. "He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." Acts 8:38-39
WHAT IF I WAS BAPTIZED AS A BABY?
That is a great question. Since baptism is meant for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, we would encourage you to be baptized as a follower of Jesus. However, please discuss this with your parents first. You will want to present it in a way that is honoring and loving towards your parents, but also honoring of Jesus' command for believers to be baptized.
I WANT TO GET BAPTIZED!
Great! That's so exciting! LifePoint Church has church-wide baptism services twice a year, and you are invited to participate! You can find out when the next baptism service is and register here. If you have any further questions about baptism, please call 410-239-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.