Why should I be baptized?
Many of us come from backgrounds where we’ve witnessed baptism in many different forms. However, we may not be sure why Christians get baptized at all. As we read about it in the Bible, we see baptism being done for several significant reasons. First, baptism identifies the believer with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Second, baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Colossians 2:11-12, Romans 6:4). Next, baptism is an act of obedience for the believer (Acts 2:38). And finally, baptism is a public testimony, the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). It is essential that we understand that baptism does not save our souls, but that it is still very important for all of the reasons given above.
The most essential thing to know about baptism is what has been mentioned above: that it is a deeply meaningful practice that is meant for believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ for their salvation. However, because many churches “do” baptism differently, there are a few things that you’ll want to know about Abundant Life’s traditions in this area.
Abundant Life will have our baptism service during New Life Sunday, April 28rd. During the service, Pastor Shane speaks briefly about the purposes and meaning of baptism, and then the baptism is performed. At Abundant Life, we practice water baptism, and we fully immerse the person being baptized. Sometimes Pastor Shane baptizes the person by himself, but a parent, spiritual mentor, or another church leader often assists Shane in the act of baptizing. Traditionally, the service is followed by a time of celebration, food, and fellowship for those who are being baptized, their families, and the church family.
First, it’s important that you prayerfully consider the significance and magnitude of this decision before proceeding with the baptism ceremony. This is an important commitment that should not be entered into lightly.
If you decide to make this commitment, there are a few things that you’ll need to do:
We are excited that you are considering this commitment! Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions.
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