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Water Baptism

Jesus  gave the Great Commission message in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:16. Water Baptism is far more than a ritual or religious exercise. It is not only our personal choice, but it's a command for us as believers.

Water Baptism is a public, outward declaration that reflects a personal, inward faith. It associates the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and signifies the believer's death to the old life and his or her resurrection as a new creation in Christ (Romans 6:1–8; Colossians 2:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17). In order to understand the reason for being water baptised, it is important to carefully consider what the Bible says about it. (Please read the information below and if you have any questions please call the church office).

Why be Baptised?

1. Because you want to follow Christ’s example.

Jesus himself was baptised. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9

2. Because Christ commanded it.

Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ. “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15; James 2:17-18)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. “Matthew 28:19-20

3. Because it shows you are a believer.

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 (Hebrews 6:1-2).

“Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved . . . ,” Mark 16:16

“Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38

How are we to be Baptised

1. As Jesus was baptised – by being immersed in water.

The word “baptise” comes from the Greek word baptizo which means “to immerse or dip under water”.

“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16

2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.

The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer.

(Example) “...then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water...” Acts 8:38,39

Who should be Baptised?

Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptised (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!

“Those who accepted his message were baptised...” Acts 2:41

“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 do not baptise children until they are old enough to understand and believe.

I would like to get baptised. What do I do?

For more information on the next pre baptism class email info@destinycentre.org.au

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