I am so thankful for your decision to respond to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and to follow His command to be baptized. Through this sacred act of obedience, you declare your allegiance to Him as your only hope in this life and the one yet to come. We so look forward to hearing your story of God at work in you! Thank you for inviting us into this step of faithfulness on your spiritual journey.
Your brother in Christ,
Rick Dunn, Senior Pastor
Why should I be baptized?
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. ESV
Acts 2:38, 41
And Peter said to them, "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... So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. ESV
The first verse shows us that Jesus commands us to.
The second verses teach us that we learned this practice from the early church.
What is the meaning of baptism?
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ESV
Baptism is a signal to others that we have chosen to follow Jesus. It shows that we are giving up control of our lives (“dying” to ourselves) and handing it over to Him.
Does baptism “wash away” my sins?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ESV
The only one who can “wash away” your sins is Jesus! And he does that when we ask Him to be in charge of our life (“get saved”). Some good reasons we get baptized are:
- It reminds us and others that we are followers of Jesus
- Sometimes when we tell our story of becoming Christians, others will want to do the same.
- During hard times we can look back on our baptism and remember the commitment we made to follow Jesus.