We will baptize following the Morning Worship Celebration on Sunday, January 31.
Why do we baptize?
- Jesus was baptized. As followers of Christ we strive to walk as he walked. He began his public ministry with baptism. We are baptized because Jesus was baptized.
- Early followers of Jesus were baptized. In Acts we find many decisions to follow Jesus were followed with baptism. For example, in Acts 8 an Ethiopian who commits his life to Christ immediately and enthusiastically follows that decision with baptism.
- We baptize because Scripture instructs us to. On Pentecost the Apostles were asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter responded with, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This and other Bible passages instruct us to baptize.
What is the significance of baptism?
- Baptism is a personal, spiritual experience. Nobody should be baptized simply to “join a church.” Certainly nobody should be baptized only because friends or family members are being baptized.
- Baptism does not save an individual, but saved individuals are baptized.
- Baptism is an individual’s declaration of personal faith in Jesus. Through baptism we display our personal belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We also declare that, like Christ, we are raised to new life by the power of the Spirit. We testify to our generation, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here” (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
- Baptism is far more than a ritual or religious activity. The Holy Spirit is at work when people are baptized. His work of regeneration and transformation takes place, in part, through baptism. The Holy Spirit also uses baptism to point others to Jesus.
- Baptism is a time of great celebration. Our habit of connecting baptism with worship services is purposeful. Together we celebrate what God is doing in the life of individuals, families, and our church.
Who should be baptized?
Any individual who commits his or her life to Christ should follow that decision with baptism.
If you identify as a Christ-follower but have yet to share that testimony through baptism, we invite you to do so on Sunday, January 31, following our morning worship service.
Please complete a baptism request form and an Alsbury pastor will contact you personally.