What exactly is baptism?
It is pretty simple! During one of our baptism services, you climb into a small baptism pool we set up in the auditorium, and in front of your friends and neighbors, you get quickly dunked underwater one time.
Who should get baptized?
In Matthew 28: 19 &20, Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize other disciples in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Disciples” is just a fancy word used to describe anyone who has chosen to turn from their disobedience toward God and selfishness toward fellow man, and follow Christ. So basically, according to scripture, anyone who has decided to follow Christ should then get baptized.
What does baptism symbolize?
The act of getting dunked under water is a picture of Jesus’s burial after taking the deadly punishment of our disobedience to God for us. The act of being lifted from the water is a picture of Jesus rising from the dead. Romans 6:4 puts it this way: “By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead […], we also may live a new life!”
What is the significance of baptism?
Baptism is to your faith like a wedding ring is to a marriage. Wearing a wedding ring is not what makes you married, but it IS a public statement to the world that lets people know ABOUT your marriage status. In the same way, baptism is a way of letting everyone know you have already decided to be “all in” with God.
How do I go “all in” with God anyway?
First, it is important to recognize that to go “all in” with God means recognizing that our relationship with God is broken because we have, at some point in our life, disobeyed Him or been selfish toward someone else. But God did not want us to have to be separated from Him forever. So he sent His son Jesus, who had never disobeyed a commandment or been selfish, to take our punishments for us. He was killed and then rose from death to life. Now all you have to do to have a relationship with God is choose to accept His gift of redemption and forgiveness, and follow the ways of Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “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.”
Okay, I have decided to go “all in” with God, and I would like to show that to the world by getting baptized. What now?
Sign up at the link below to reserve yourself a slot at one of our baptism services, and we will email you with the logistics in the near future!
Please do not hesitate to call Pastor Sean or Ken at the office at (781) 297-2970.