BAPTISM // AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF INWARD TRANSFORMATION
THE BASICS OF BAPTISM
The Greek verb for baptize is best translated as immerse or submerge.
Baptism is not necessary to be saved; however, it is a command of Jesus.
Baptism is symbolic of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Baptism accompanies the belief that God so loved the world that he sent his only son that whoever might believe in him would not perish but receive eternal life.
Jesus himself was baptized.
Baptism is a public testimony or the outward confession of the experience that has occurred inwardly in a believer’s life.
Water Baptism doesn’t save a person. Instead, it symbolizes the salvation that has already happened.
“And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 3:21 NLT
What do I need to know about baptism?
A great place is to start is by reading the basics above and ask any questions you may have.
Do I need to do anything first?
You should have a conversation with the pastor and be prepared to explain why you would like to be baptized.
Should I invite friends and family?
What should I wear?
Something you’ll be comfortable wearing in the ocean. And bring a towel!
Who will baptize me?
Generally a church leader or pastor will be with you and then anybody you’d like to request i.e. a friend or family member who is a spiritual mentor. It is also appropriate for a parent(s) to accompany their children.
How long am I underwater?
There will be 2-3 people around you and will guide you backwards just until you are underwater and then straight back up!
We gather on Sundays to keep our family connected and growing in the same direction as we develop a life of worship.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. ~ Acts 2:46
We share life in homes, opening our doors to one another as we share meals and learn to follow Jesus.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. ~ Acts 2:46
The generous love of God compels us to extend a generous love to our neighbors both locally and globally.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. ~ Acts 2:45
We are committed to the biblical text and the ongoing revelation it brings to our lives as we practice together.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship. ~ Acts 2:42