You probably know what baptism is, but you might wonder why churches do it. Baptism itself is a simple act and it is one of the most powerful actions in the life of a follower of Jesus.
Simply put, baptism is an outward and visible sign of an internal and spiritual transformation God has done in you through Jesus. Baptism isn’t what set things right between you and God; Jesus accomplished that through the cross. Baptism is a public declaration that you have made the decision to follow Jesus and you are living in the grace He offers everyone. When a person is put down into the water, it symbolizes entering into death and the grave. When you come up out of the water, it symbolizes resurrection and new life. That is what makes baptism so powerful and deserves celebration and shouts of joy.
“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 6:4
“Therefore 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.” – Jesus
We are celebrating baptism as a part of our service on Sunday, October 25. If you are a new follower of Jesus, or if you’ve been following him and have never been baptized, we would love to celebrate this powerful moment with you. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers. You have found new life and the hope available from God through Jesus, and the act of baptism is a powerful symbol and important act of faith.If you want to take this next step, have any questions about baptism, or want to talk with a pastor about what it means to follow Jesus, let us know today.