What is Baptism?

The Christian life starts with a choice. It would appear we choose Christ, however, the scriptures teach that He chooses us (John 15:16). Our choice then becomes a response to His invitation. While we can reject His invitation, to do so would be a rejection of Christ Himself. Why is this important? As a Christian, our focus must begin (and continue to be) on Christ; not on us. This perspective will allow you to see the provisions of God’s grace.

What is baptism?
Water baptism is one of those provisions by which the believer in Christ can experience an impartation of God’s grace. The waters represent a separation from your old way of life and an entrance into the new life made possible by Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). This new spiritual life will empower you to purposefully move forward in your earthly or natural life.

Why get baptized?
Jesus calls us to follow Him in order to gain true life (Matthew 16:24-25). This new life in Christ becomes a reality when you completely yield yourself to our Savior’s example. As Jesus was water baptized, the scriptures teach that immediately upon coming out of the water, the Holy Spirit came upon Him (Mathew 3:16). Our yielding starts with water baptism, and then continues once the Holy Spirit dwells in us (John 14:16-17).

When should you be baptized?
The book of Acts demonstrates that baptism was a response to an attitude of repentance from the result of hearing truth (Acts 2:38-41; 8:11-12; 10:44-48). This born again experience will allow you to not only enter the Kingdom of God, but will provide a new heart to truly see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-6).

What will the difference be?
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would guide us in all truth (John 16:13-15). It is through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that your life should become a witness and a demonstration of God’s glory (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13). More than only believing in Christ, we should become a follower of Christ in word and deed (Colossians 3:17).

Why should I get re-baptized?
Do you realize that God was teaching you even before you knew Him (John 6:44-45)? This means we must consider our previous experiences as God’s way of preparing us for our present opportunities. A new understanding of God’s way requires a new response (Acts 19:4-6). The real question is not, “Why should I do something?” but rather, “Why wouldn’t I walk in what God has made available to me?”

Interested in getting baptized?
Join us any Wednesday evening for a baptism class at 6:30 PM and be baptized during the Wednesday evening service at the 7:30 PM. For more information, please contact Mike Sanchez at 248.391.6166.

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