What is Water Baptism?
Being baptized in Water, and honoring Christ, through the "Lord's Supper" or Communion, are two things that Jesus has instructed the church to do, ( See Matt 28, and 1st Cor 11 ) and we enjoy participating in these ordinances as they are often called.
We generally celebrate Communion on Sunday mornings, the last Sunday of each month.
And, we baptize people in water as often as we can. Sometimes we baptize people every Sunday. It just depends on who had gotten saved recently, or who has decided to be baptized.
These times of communion and baptism, are indeed highlights for us through each month. I think, it's because they each say so much about what Jesus Christ has done for us in Dying on the Cross for our sins, and then being buried, and rising from the dead. These ordinances portray what Christ has done for us, and what has happened to us as we have placed our faith in Him.
If you have been saved, and not yet baptized, I encourage you to do so. Please get in contact with the office or see me at church, and we will make arrangements to get you baptized.
Pastor Bob Grenier
Water baptism is not a personal choice, but a command for believers. Jesus established water baptism as an ordinance when He gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16). Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith. It gives evidence of the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life when he or she was “born again” through faith in Jesus Christ. (Also see “What We Believe: Salvation”)
Baptism identifies the believer with the message of the Gospel, the Person of Jesus Christ and other believers. 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).
Why We Should Be Baptized
We are to be baptized because Jesus Christ commanded it (Matthew 28:19), and because we love the Lord. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” ( John 14:15). Throughout the book of Acts, we read how the early church gave importance to water baptism (2:41, 8:12, 38, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:15, 33, 19:3-5).
Who Should Be Baptized?
All born-again believers in Jesus Christ-and only believers-should be baptized (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12, 36-38, 16:31-33, 18:8).
Should Infants and Children Be Baptized?
After Peter spoke at Pentecost, “those who gladly received his word (in its entirety) were baptized.” (Acts 2:41). In the New Testament, every instance in which a person was baptized and his or her identity was given, that person was an adult. In light of Scripture, infant baptism must be ruled out, because infants cannot receive the Word of God and understand it. However, infants are to be dedicated to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:26-28). Children may be baptized if they receive and understand God’s Word.
In Whose Name Should We Be Baptized?
As part of the Great Commission, Jesus instructed the disciples to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Is Water Baptism Necessary For Salvation?
The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and according to God’s mercy (Titus 3:5). The thief on the cross next to Jesus had no time to be baptized, yet Jesus promised that he would be with Him in Paradise that day (Luke 23:43). The Bible contains no record of Jesus baptizing anyone-a strange omission if baptism was essential for salvation. The Apostle Paul declared, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel….” (I Corinthians 1:17). This clearly indicates that salvation is a response of faith to the gospel-not the act of baptism. Therefore, water baptism is not an act of salvation, but an act of obedience.
How Do I Get Baptized?
If you would like to be baptized, please contact the Church Office at 687-0220 to meet with a pastor.