Preparatory classes will hold on Thursday, June 1st and June 8th for our upcoming Water Baptism Service as shown on the flyer.
Water baptism is a public declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ and the outward demonstration of the inward transformation that takes place when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We enter the water, are immersed as a symbol of entering into a relationship with Jesus Chris, coming just as we are, clothed in our old life with all of its habits, mindsets and behaviors.
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” [Romans 6:4 NKJV].
In water baptism, we willingly yield our lives to God’s rulership as an act of love, obedience, and trust. The water is symbolic of the grave. As we are immersed, our old selves die and we are buried just as Jesus Christ died and was buried. Just as Jesus Christ rose to life again, we too arise after being immersed in the water, a brand new creation as a symbol of new life in Him, free from guilt from our past sin and shame.by faith, the water washes away anything that makes us feel unclean and unworthy to be loved by our Father.
12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. [Colossians 2:12-14 NKJV].
Every believer should be water baptized as a crucial part of their journey with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is a step of faith and the only prerequisite in belief in Jesus Christ.
26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.
27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. [Acts 8: 26-30, 34-38 NKJV].