WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins … He was buried … and He rose again.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
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 Corinthians 5:17
“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!”
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
To follow the example of Christ
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.”
Because Christ commands it
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then each them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
It demonstrates that I really am a Believer
“… many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.”
“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.”
1 John 2:3
WHY BAPTISM BY IMMERSION?
Because Jesus was baptized that way
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.”
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion
“…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…”
The word “Baptism” is derived from the Greek word baptizo which means “to dip, to plunge, to immerse.”
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who has believed in Jesus Christ
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…”
WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?
At GOCC 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” 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