Baptism Class is set for April 2 and Baptism Sunday is April 30.
Once a person admits that he or she is a sinner and turns to Christ for salvation, the Bible says that they should be witnesses to the world. Baptism stands as a public proclamation for those who have committed their lives to following Jesus. (Acts 8:34-38)
Believers are those who:
Baptism is a sign or symbol of your faith in Jesus Christ. You may have been baptized or christened as an infant and that was an important act for your parents, but it did not express your faith. Since you have become a follower of Jesus by responding to His call to you, the Bible is clear that you should be baptized to in order to show the world that you belong to Christ and his body.
TELL. In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47-48, 18:25, and 19:1-5, it is evident that baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation. Baptism never provides salvation for an individual, but rather it is the means to publicly say Christ has saved me. We are telling everyone what Jesus has done for us.
SHOW WHAT HAPPENED. In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You receive a new identity. Your faith has united you with Christ so that when he died, you died. When he was buried, so were you, and when he rose from the dead, so you were raised to newness of life. You are no longer identified by what you once were, but now your identity and your relationship with God is in Christ! Going under water represents Christ’s death and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.
While the immersion mode of baptism best illustrates the work of Christ, this passage does not mandate how much water should be used. The value of the sacrament of baptism is in the life and heart of the believer, not in the amount of water used.
As an example, baptism is to the Christian life what the wedding ring is to the married couple. Just as a bride and groom tell of their love for one another through the symbol of rings, you should also want to show the world your union with Christ through baptism.
You do not have to be baptized to have Christ in your heart any more than you must exchange rings to be pronounced man and wife. But if the inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of baptism should be as valued and as visible as the gold ring on a newlywed’s finger.