17 Apr Water Baptism
The vision of our church is to see Jesus made famous in every community of Columbus. This is in line with the great commission that Jesus challenged each one of his followers with, which can be read in the gospel of Mathew chapter 28. It says that we are to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
What baptism means…
Water baptism is largely symbolic. When Jesus was asked how to get saved, he answered that we are to believe in Him, and then immediately following to be baptized as a sign of this new faith, and as a public declaration. There are a few other things we see in scriptures that take this thought a bit deeper.
- The baptismal waters are like a press release. Although choosing to follow Christ is a deeply personal decision, it is not a private matter. Jesus instructed us to go public with our choice (Mark 8:38). Baptism is how we show on the outside to all what has happened on the inside.
- The baptismal waters are like a bath. In Acts 22:16 Paul was ‘baptized, washing away his sins, calling on his Name.’ It depicts spiritual cleansing from the guilt of sin.
- The baptismal waters are like a graveyard. Romans 6:4 says that ‘we were buried with Christ in baptism’. Baptism reflects an inward decision to die to ‘the old you’ that rejected and ignored Christ’s leadership over your life. Baptism is a break from your sinful past.
- The baptismal waters are like a maternity ward. Baptism also reflects how we were united with Christ in his resurrection. We have a new life. ‘If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.’ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Once you have repented of your sins and put your trust in Jesus to give you the gift of salvation, then speak to your small group leader or an elder about getting baptized. It can happen anywhere, anytime. And any Christian can baptize you.
We encourage anyone who has believed in Jesus not to put this decision off. Jesus has already told us to do it. There is no reason to wait for this public declaration! It is also a great opportunity to invite friends and family to celebrate this with you!