As part of the Great Commission, one of the instructions Jesus Christ gave to His disciples was to “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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Thus, it is our duty as a church to baptize people into the body of Christ. The purpose of this page is to help anyone who has ever thought about getting baptized but has many unanswered questions about this next step in our Christian journey.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BAPTIZED?
Baptism is derived from the Greek word ‘baptizo’ which means to immerse or submerge. Water baptism means to be immersed into a body of water and come up out of it. It is an act of obedience that signifies repentance from sin. (Acts 2 v 38, Matt 28 v 19). It also serves as a public confession of our belief in, and commitment to Jesus Christ. (Romans 6 v 3).
There are 3 major baptisms:
- Baptism into the Body of Christ – Done at Salvation (I Corinthians 12:13)
- Baptism in Water (Romans 6:3-4, Matthew 28:19)
- Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-6)
WHY SHOULD I GET BAPTIZED?
- Baptism is a sign of our faith in Jesus Christ. It signifies that we died with Him and are resurrected anew with Him.
- It is an act of repentance that shows that we accept His sacrifice for us.
- It signifies a brand new life. (2 Cor 5 v 17)
- It connects us to the body of Christ ( 1 Cor 12 v 12)
- Even Jesus Christ, son of God, was baptized (Mark 1 v 9)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED?
- The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! (Acts 8 v 36 -38)
HOW IS IT CARRIED OUT?
At The LifePointe Church, baptism is carried out by full immersion in a body of water. (Mark 1 v 10, Acts 8 v 38 – 39)
We are delighted that you are considering being baptized in water and are happy to clarify any more questions you may have on baptism or your spiritual growth. Please do not hesitate to contact us by sending your questions to hello@ lifepointeng.org