What is Baptism?
Jesus commanded all of His followers to get baptized (Matthew 28:19). Baptism involves the full immersion of a professing believer-in-Christ into a body of water as a means to publicly demonstrate one’s commitment to follow Jesus, and inclusion into the Body of Christ. This act models and reminds us of Jesus’ own baptism, as well as his own death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). It further symbolizes our own death to sin, spiritual rebirth, and new life in Jesus Christ. Water baptism does not save us, but is fulfilled out of obedience to Jesus and reflects our spiritual baptism by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. Salvation is obtained by faith alone in Christ alone and not by works or deeds.
The following are some verses from the Bible regarding Baptism and spiritual rebirth for further study:
- Luke 3:21
- John 3:3
- Acts 2:38-41 & 8:35-38 10:44-48, 18:8 & 19:4-6
- Romans 6:3-14
- Galatians 3:26-27
- Colossians 2:11-12
- Titus 3:5-6
- Hebrews 10:22
- 1 Peter 1:3, 3:21
Who can get Baptized?
The Bible teaches that Baptism should be a conscious act that a Christ-follower personally chooses to engage in out of commitment and obedience to Jesus Christ. If you were baptized as an infant, or done so without your full awareness, you should get re-baptized to demonstrate your personal, conscious decision to follow Jesus.
When & How to get Baptized?
Baptism is one of the most exciting events in a new believers life as it represents an opportunity to “go public” with one’s faith! At The Church on the Corner, baptisms are performed publically during our regularly scheduled Sunday Services. We encourage individuals getting baptized to invite as many family members and friends as possible to attend and witness this event. The public demonstration of this act serves as a powerful testimony, to those observing, of the Gospel as it reenacts Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We further encourage individuals to prepare a short statement to share during the ceremony of why they would like to get baptized.
If you are interested in getting baptized, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or filling out a Worship Response Card during one of our regularly scheduled Worship Services and turning it into the office. Pastor Tom Cullen will then contact you to set up a meeting and date for your Baptism.