Getting baptized in water is one of the most significant and life-defining moments in our Christian experience. Any pre-conceived ideas that you have about baptism (including child christening) should be discarded right now as we explore the miracle and supernatural power of this simple act of obedience in the life of a believer.
Baptism involves being fully immersed under water publicly and it can happen wherever there is water and willing heart! You will be joined in the water by pastors who will pray for you after baptizing you under the water.
Jesus Himself got baptized in the Jordan River as an example to us. Even though He was without sin, He humbled Himself to undergo this process before His Father. His humility and obedience opened His Father’s heart, and yours will do the same.
Mark 1:9-11 “One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
Being baptized is symbolic of a changed life. The waters are not magical in any way, but like everything in the Christian life, being baptized is an act of faith and any act of faith pleases our Heavenly Father.
Hebrews 11: 6 “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Getting water baptized is a decision that only you can make for yourself and, as such, it is different from baby dedication ceremonies where parents present their children to God for His protection and guidance. Many thousands of believers have undergone baptism in water since the time of Jesus until now and it still carries the same freedom and joy that the early believers experienced.
Water baptism is an act of love, intimacy and obedience that you can take once you have given your heart to Jesus. Nobody will force this decision on you. When you choose to experience this wonderful moment is between you and God. Having said that, don’t wait too long! Making this commitment is like stepping over a line that separates the old from the new. The process of being immersed in water and them coming back up again is an outward demonstration of an inward revelation and transformation.
You enter the pool as a symbol of entering into relationship with Jesus Christ, coming just as we are, clothed in our old life with all of its habits, mindsets, and behaviors. Allowing someone to immerse you under the water is symbolic of willingly yielding our life to God’s rulership as an act of love, obedience and trust. The water itself is symbolic of a grave. As you are immersed, your old self dies and is buried just as Jesus died and was buried. In the same way, just as Jesus rose again, you too rise from the water as a symbol of new life in Him as a new creation, free from your past sin and shame. The water washes away anything that makes you feel unclean and unworthily to be loved by your Father, It is an incredibly powerful act of faith!
2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
Romans 6:3-5 “All of us were baptized to show we belong to Christ. We were baptized first of all to show His death. We were buried in baptism as Christ was buried in death. As Christ was raised from the dead by the great power of God, so we will have new life also. If we have become one with Christ in His death, we will be one with Him in being raised from the dead to new life.”
Most precious and powerful of all, you will step out of the water clean, free, empowered, accepted and beloved as God’s child. Being baptized doesn’t save you, it is simply the evidence that you have been saved and set free through your confession of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior! It also makes a declaration to God and others that you no longer consider your life to be your own. You life now belongs to God and, as much, you look to His leadership and not your own.
Galatians 2:20 “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Immediately after Jesus was baptized, He was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Matthew 4:1 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
After overcoming every temptation presented to Him as an example to us, He commenced His ministry on earth full of power and authority. Just like Jesus, you can be tempted to give up your faith even around the time of your baptism.
The enemy knows that your willing decision to follow Christ is a sign that you are moving into your destiny and purpose in God and becoming a threat to his oppressive rulership in your life and in the lives of your loved ones. Don’t be concerned about the temptations you face. Just keep your eyes on Jesus, the One who demonstrated how to live a victorious life, and remember that what lies ahead, is an incredibly supernatural life doing great exports for God!
When you decide to get baptized, you make a declaration that “My old man is crucified with Christ. I am not a sinner anymore. I’m a saint saved by grace and a son adopted into the Father’s family. I am not defined by the old anymore but by the truth that I am saved, accepted, anointed, empowered and loved by God”. By following the example of Jesus obediently, you are prophesying that the old is gone and the new is come!
If you would like to be baptized, please sign up below, or on Sunday at our Info Table.
Child Dedications are for families to dedicate their children to the Lord. Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also Mom and Dad. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities.
Children are a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 proclaims that “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.” As believers we are called to recognize that children belong first and foremost to God. God in his goodness gives children as gifts to parents. They not only have the awesome responsibility of caring for this gift, but also the wonderful privilege of enjoying the gift. Because children belong to God and are given by grace as gifts to parents, it is only proper and appropriate that children be dedicated back to God.