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WATER BAPTISM  9.17.17

As Christians, we are invited to make a public witness about our faith in Jesus Christ. It's a privilege, honor and commandment that we be baptized. Have you been baptized since being born again? Perhaps you were baptized as an infant according to tradition, but have since come to know Jesus Christ personally. Then you need to be baptized! Come join us as we gather together for this awesome, public and God glorifying event on Sunday, September 17th.

DATE & LOCATION: Sunday, September 17th, 5PM at Pirate's Cove in Corona Del Mar State Beach

BAPTISM CLASS: Tuesday, September 12th at 7PM in E223

 

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).

WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM?

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.

WHY SHOULD WE 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, emphasis added). 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..." (1 Corinthians 1:17). This clearly indicated 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.