At Fellowship Bible, we practice "believer's baptism" by immersion. Believer's baptism illustrates...
- The Holy Spirit’s work of SPIRITUAL BAPTISM. Spiritual baptism takes place at the point of salvation, at which time a believer is united with Christ (Romans 6:4-6; Colossians 2:12), receives the gift of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14), and is placed in Christ's body (1 Corinthians 12:11-13).
- Christ's BURIAL AND RESURRECTION. In water baptism the believer gives public confession to the great gospel truth that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for his sins by dying on the cross. Baptism pictures that the believer’s old life was crucified with Christ when Christ died for his sins, that he was buried with Him, and that he has arisen to a new and eternal life with Christ.
- My NEW LIFE and OBEDIENCE as a Christian. Water baptism is to be viewed as an act of obedience that identifies the new believer with Jesus Christ and His people. Our risen Lord and Savior instituted water baptism as an important observance for those who are His disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; 9:17-18; 10:47-48). Water baptism does not produce forgiveness, cleansing from sin and new life, but rather pictures it. After a person places his or her trust in Christ, water baptism should be viewed as an integral step of obedience for the new follower of Christ. Water baptism, which is to follow one’s spiritual baptism with Christ, is a significant symbol of a believer's identification with Jesus Christ. “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?
The Greek word for "baptize" literally means "to be dipped or immersed," and because of this and the pattern illustrated in the New Testament, baptism should normally occur by immersion in water (Acts 8:35-39).
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who has BELIEVED IN CHRIST.
"Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..." – Acts 2:41
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News ... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." – Acts 8:12
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you have BELIEVED.
"Those who believe...were baptized...that day!" – Acts 2:41
"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
Children and Baptism
Parents are primary when it comes to the spiritual development of their children. This is why the Bible places such strong emphasis on parents investing in the lives of their kids (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4; 2 Tim. 3:14-17). Once your child really understands the gospel and genuinely believes in Jesus as their Savior from sin and Lord of their life, being baptized is a significant step in their walk with Christ. Below is a link where you can download a copy of our Baptism: Taking a Closer Look--A Parent and Child Workbook. This booklet will help you have meaningful conversations with your child about what baptism is, and why it is important. May our Lord encourage you as you disciple your child to follow Jesus for a lifetime. A booklet may also be picked up at the Welcome Desk in the South Foyer or at the Fellowship Kids Welcome Desk in the North Foyer.
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