Sunday, May 26th

Water baptism is an exciting and essential public declaration of your relationship with Christ. Whether you are a new believer or are looking to renew this statement of faith, here is your opportunity! We invite you step into the water with faith and expectancy as you make this public statement of faith that Jesus is Lord of your life! *We ask that you be at least 8 years of age to be water baptized.

 

Your baptism is a physical memory that marks the day that you came into agreement with Jesus with your new identity.  Marking the day that you were adopted by God into His family as sons and daughters.  May the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ infill you and flow through you all the days of your life.

Matthew 28:19-20 - 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. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Baptism unites the believer with Jesus Christ in their death to sin and resurrection to new life.  Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ, a willingness to live God’s way and identification with God’s covenant people. Baptism is a symbol of salvation in that it depicts Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and our identification with him in these experiencesIt is a public expression of the commitment made in relationship between the believer and Jesus.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

BELIEFS come from our experiences and reside in our hearts. We cannot believe in Jesus until we experience Jesus in which we receive His Spirit.  In this moment, by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, a conversion takes place and we are born again.

Proverbs 23:7 - For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

The HEART is the container by which every part of us flows. The heart contains our soul (mind, will and emotions) and a part of our spirit (intuition) and contains our deepest convictions and beliefs that reveal who we are.  It is the core of our being involving our eternal person which affects our entire person:  Body, Soul and Spirit. 

Romans 10:17 - So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 - 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.

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

After we first receive the Holy Spirit, we begin walking in FAITH. We grow in our faith through submitting our spirit to the Holy Spirit, receiving revelation and then acting in obedience. God is glorified through our faith when others see His light through our obedience. Our faith grows when we see heaven come to earth through obedience.

 

Ephesians 2:3 - All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Prior to receiving the Holy Spirit, mankind lives in the UNREGENERATE SELF state (not renewed in heart and mind or reborn in spirit; unrepentant) subjected to death by Gods wrath. After conversion, the old self has been rendered powerless so that it can no longer enslave us to sin.  

Acts 2:38 - Peter replied, “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.

REPENTANCE is the remission of sins, knowing the need of our Savior comes before baptism. Baptism is the instruction of Jesus and is associated with the acceptance of the Word and repentance (a life style of switching sources of truth) in the Name of Jesus. At the time of conversion, two gifts are given, the forgiveness of sins and the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Baptism proclaims that these gifts have been received.

1 Peter 3:21 - And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also, not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Water baptism symbolizes the washing of rebirth. Believers are saved by what baptism symbolizes, Christ’s death and resurrection. The act of baptism is a commitment and proclamation from the believer that what baptism symbolizes, will become a reality in the believers’ life. Mankind is saved by the supernatural power of the resurrection, not by the ritual of baptism.

Romans 6:1-4 - What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means!  We are those who have died to sin, how can we live in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him by 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.

Baptism depicts graphically what happens after the union with Christ:  We were born into sin and became subject to death.  Now, we have been washed of our sin and have been born again regenerated by grace and in union with Christ through faith.  

Matthew 3:16 - As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him.

There were several reasons for Jesus’s baptism:  

·      He was consecrated to God and officially approved by Him.

·      John publicly announced the arrival of the Messiah and the inception of His ministry.

·      By His baptism Jesus completely identified Himself with humanity’s sin becoming our substitute (for He Himself needed no repentance or cleansing from sin).  

·      His baptism was an example to His followers.

***Text adapted from Fisher’s of Men curriculum by Dance Again Ministries.