Baptism

Baptism

What is Baptism?

Baptism is an individual’s public profession of faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In Baptism we proclaim what the Bible declares, that “if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come.” [1] 

Baptism also connects us, one with all others. Through baptism we proclaim that we, too, are part of the Church, or the Body of Christ. [2] 

Alsbury baptizes by immersion. The word “baptize” is an adaptation of the Greek word “baptizo“ which means to “immerse,” “submerge,” or “to place under.” It creates a beautiful image of what Christ did for us through His death, burial, and resurrection. [3]

3 reasons we baptize people who have come to faith in Jesus. 
  • Jesus was baptized. As his followers we act in accordance to his example. 
  • The earliest followers of Jesus were baptized after committing their lives to him. Their example shows the Church has always made baptism a priority. [4]
  • The Bible directs us to be baptized. In the Bible when people asked, “What must we do?” the answer was, “Believe and be baptized.” [5]

We declare to all who witness our baptism, “My identity is found in Jesus and I am no longer bound by sin but have been set free to new life in him!”

Is Baptism Important?

  • Jesus began His ministry on earth by being baptized. [6]
  • Before ascending to heaven Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize new believers. [7]
  • Following Pentecost over 3000 people were baptized and the Church was formed. [8]

Baptism is not only a symbol of our identity in Christ, but It is our first opportunity to be a witness to others about our desire to live a life of obedience to Him.

HAVE YOU TAKEN THIS STEP?

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” -Acts 8:36

At Alsbury, the only requirement for baptism is that you have surrendered your life to Jesus. If would like to be baptized, please fill out this form and we will be in contact to help you take the next step.

  • [1] 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • [2] Acts 16:15; Galatians 3:26-28
  • [3] Romans 6:4
  • [4] Acts 18:8
  • [5] Acts 2:37-39
  • [6] Matthew 3:13-17
  • [7] Matthew 28:19
  • [8] Acts 2:22-38