What is Christian Baptism
ccording to the scriptures, water baptism is the first public step of obedience for the new believer after conversion and confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It symbolizes a vital central truth of the gospel of the washing away of former sins and identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Baptism does not make one a believer, but rather is an outward demonstration of one who already believes. At Faith Community Church we believe water baptism should follow the model outlined throughout the scriptures.
"Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." Acts 2:41
Why Should I be Baptized?
- To follow the example of Jesus.
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." Mark 1:9
- Because Jesus commands it.
"Then Jesus said to them… "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'" Matthew 28:19
- To publicly demonstrate my faith in Christ.
"And many… who heard him believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8
- To openly obey Christ and to come under His authority in my life.
"Why do you call me "Lord, Lord" and do not do what I say?" Luke 6:46
- Baptism is the symbolic act that initiates the new believer into the fellowship of the church.
"For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…" 1 Corinthians 12:13
What is the meaning of Baptism?
- It signifies the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Christ died for sins according to the Scriptures… He was buried… He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"… Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead." Colossians 2:12
- Baptism illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
"We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:5
Who Should be Baptised?
- Everyone who hears the Gospel.
"… and many… who heard him believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8
- Everyone who believes in Christ.
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved..." Mark 16:16
- Everyone who repents of sin.
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." Acts 2:38
- Everyone who confesses Christ with their mouth and believes with their heart.
"… If you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved." Romans 10:9
- Everyone who pledges their life to Christ.
"… Baptism that now saves you… not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God." 1 Peter 3:21
What about Infant Baptism?
aith Community Church offers Water Baptism for those who repent of their sins and believe in Christ. We do offer Infant Dedication
as it is taught in the Bible (1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:22; Matthew 19:13-15). If you have any questions about water baptism or would like more info please contact