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Posted on July 30th, 2015 by Pastor Jeff Potts
“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
- Acts 2:36-38
Baptism is a public demonstration of faith. It comes from a life that has been changed by God through faith, and it is declaring to the church that you are a Christian. It is an act that says: My life is for Jesus. My whole heart is for God, and I want people to know it!
Baptism shows faith in Jesus.
Baptism follows your trust in Jesus and shows your belief in him to the world.
At Canyon Hills, there are consistent questions we ask every person who wants to be baptized:
• Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
• Do you believe that he was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life on earth?
• Do you believe that he died on the cross for your sins?
• Do you believe that three days later, he rose from the grave, defeating death, and is alive and well today?
• Have you placed your complete faith in Him to be your Lord and Savior?
Those are the questions you must answer to be baptized, because these are the essential truths we must believe and trust in. A person must be saved to be baptized, and these are the fundamental beliefs we have as Christians.
Baptism points back to our new life in Jesus.
By proclaiming that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you call out that you are a new person in Christ. During baptism, we wear shirts that say LIFE - DEATH - RESURRECTION. This is a symbol of us dying to ourselves and proclaiming Christ. Being buried under the water is meant to remember the death and burial of Jesus, and coming up out of the water points to his resurrection and our new life in Him.
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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.
- Romans 6:3-7
When you are in Jesus, you have the ability to walk in new life, and baptism is an amazing demonstration of you being changed. You are free, alive, and new, all because of your faith in Christ. Baptism makes that public.
Are you interested in baptism? Click here to learn more and to sign up!
For an example of baptism at Canyon Hills, watch the video below.
Testimony of God's faithfulness in Michael's life and a celebration of his baptism.Commenting is not available in this channel entry.