The word baptism comes from the Greek word baptizo, which means to dip. Baptism is the act of being submerged under water to symbolically show the inward phenomenon of coming to, and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The symbolism of baptism is that, just as Christ died and was buried, so the baptized person is submerged under water. And just as Christ rose again from beneath the earth, so the baptized person rises again from beneath the water. Under the water is the believer’s old, dead, heavy, suffocating life. Out of the water, cleansed by the blood of Christ, is the believer’s new, fresh, purposeful life.
“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” -Colossians 2:12-14
Baptism is like a wedding ring. We put on a wedding ring as a symbol of our commitment and devotion. In the same way baptism is a picture of devotion and commitment to Christ. A wedding ring reminds us and tells others that we belong to someone special. In the same way, baptism reminds us and others that we are devoted to Christ and belong to Him.
'Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision'
Why should I get baptized?
Because Jesus was:
In order to understand the reason for being water baptised, it is important to carefully consider what the Bible says about it. Jesus himself was baptised. He was not imperfect like us, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.
"At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” - Mark 1:9
Because Jesus commanded us to:
We believe that Jesus commanded us to be baptized. He said,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” - Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus makes it quite clear in the passage that to be a disciple of Christ is to be baptized and to follow the teachings of Jesus. If we wish to be a disciple of Jesus we must be obedient to His commands, one of which is to be baptized.
A Public Declaration:
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
“Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.” - Mark 16:16
When can I get baptised?
People in the New Testament were baptized on the same day that they believed.As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be, and is encouraged to be baptised.
“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” - Acts 8:35-39.
Who can be baptised?
Every person who has made the decision to not only believe in Christ, but to follow His teachings and example.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” - Acts 8:12.
We believe in baptising children when they are old enough to understand what it means and can make a personal declaration of belief. While this age is not set in stone by any means, 12 is usually a good guide.
If you would like to get baptised, register your interest today and we will get in contact with you. We would love to be able to provide you with some more information and help you on this journey.