What is Baptism?

posted by Bethel Care & Compassion | Jan 26, 2020

Christian baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship.  In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, "I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of sanctification."

Baptism illustrates, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ.

As the sinner confesses the Lord Jesus, he dies to sin (Romans 6:11) and is raised to a brand-new life (Colossians 2:12).  Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation.

Romans 6:4 puts it this way:  "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."  Very simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer's life.

Water baptism is an outward declaration of your decision to follow Jesus.  

If you are interested in being baptized, please fill out the Baptism form.  
Baptism opportunities are typically the 4th Sunday of each month, during both 1st and 2nd services (8:30 and 10:30 am).  Our next baptism is scheduled for January 26.  If you are interested in being baptized please let us know by the first Monday of the month so we can start the process.  This process will include filling out the form below, adults will fill out a Baptism booklet and talk with Dale to make sure you understand  baptism.  Those younger will go through the High School Ministry, Middle School Ministry, or Children's Ministry to start the process.  Our Creative Team would like to film a short video testimony of you to share with our congregation.  This video testimony will be shot the week of baptisms.  Along with your name, they would like for you to submit your answers to the following questions ahead of time. 

1.     What did your life look like before you met Jesus?

2.     How did you come to know Jesus?

3.     What does your life look like now?

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