What is the Meaning of Baptism?
Baptism is a public declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ. It is “going public” with our faith and is an act of obedience for every Christian.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)
Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change.
Baptism comes from a Greek word that means “to immerse under water.” When a believer in Christ is baptized, it is a proclamation that we are going to follow Jesus Christ and that we are united to him. This symbolic act of going under the water says that we died to sin when Christ died and sin no longer controls us. And being raised up from the water symbolizes how Christ was raised and has given us a new life, a new nature, and a new future. Baptism tells everyone that we want to become more like Jesus Christ and are trusting him to bring about that change.
Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian; it demonstrates that we already believe and that Jesus has saved us.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
Who is Baptism For?
Baptism is for those who have already trusted Jesus to take away their sin and want to obey Jesus.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15 ESV)
When Should I be Baptized?
As soon as you have trusted Christ, and when you understand what baptism is and what it demonstrates, you should be baptized. Don’t wait until you are perfect or have gotten things fixed in your life – that’s why you’ve trusted in Jesus and his perfect life!
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7 ESV)
What About Infants? Is Child Dedication the Same as Baptism?
CBC baptizes those who have made a decision to trust in Christ. In the Bible, baptism follows a profession of faith.
Acts 2:38 – “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ…”
Child dedication is a time where parents commit to raise their children according to the standards of God’s Word. For more information on Child Dedication, please speak to one of the pastors.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
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