We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior.
We consider it a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” –I Cor. 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.”
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” –2 Cor. 5:17 –Col. 2:12
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” –Rom. 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it seals your belief. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. But in the New Testament there is no such thing as an unbaptized believer—it’s a contradiction. Belief is not belief without action.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8,9
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” –Matt. 3:16
2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” –Acts 8:38-39
3. The word Baptize means “To dip under water”
The Greek word Baptize means “To immerse or dip under water”.
4. Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him & shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life.” – Romans 6:4
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
1. Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” –Acts 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” –Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News of the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” –Acts 8:12
2. At Pine Grove, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation”(also called “infant baptism”) for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you have believed.
“Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” –Acts 2:4
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” –Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never get there, because only God can make us perfect. If you want to feel “good enough”, trust us: you’ll never feel “good enough!” Instead, allow God to clean you up through baptism.
If you have any further questions, contact Pastor Jake.