Baptism is a physical illustration of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructs every Christ-follower to be baptized to illustrate the fact that they have committed to and are following Him. Baptism displays the beginning of the Christian life.
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The Bible helps us understand why we should be baptized. There are several reasons:
To follow the example set by Christ.
Mark 1:9, “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
Because Christ commands it.
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Baptism after salvation publicly demonstrates to others that I profess to be a Christian.
Acts 18:8, “And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.”
1 John 2:3, “And by this we know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments.”
Baptism does not make you a believer--it shows that you are a believer. Baptism does not save you--only faith in Christ can do that. Baptism is much like a wedding ring. It is an outward symbol of the commitment you have already made in your heart and mind.
It illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “...that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures...”
Colossians 2:12, “...having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
Romans 6:4, “We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Titus 3:5, “...He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy...”
Cross Pointe Church is one of many thousands of local churches that hold to the belief that baptism should be by immersion--we go into a pool or body of water and immerse all the way under water. There are several reasons for this belief:
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
Mattew 3:16, “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water...”
Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion.
(Example) Acts 8:38-39, “...and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water...”
The word “baptize” means “to dip under water.” The Greek word “baptize” means “to immerse or dip under water.”
It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about baptism, enroll you in our Baptism Class, or go ahead and schedule you for baptism in an upcoming worship service. Please contact Pastor Larry Herndon at 678.812.4500 or by email for additional baptism information.