Following in Jesus’ example
Although choosing to follow Christ is a deeply personal decision, it’s not a private matter. Jesus instructed us to go public with our choice. Baptism is an outward sign to all of what has already happened on the inside.
Getting baptised in water is the first step of obedience for a person who has committed his or her life to Christ. We get baptised because we take Christ’s leadership seriously. We also want to follow the example he set, by being baptised himself.
Baptism in the Bible takes place after people have made a conscious decision to turn away from their sin and put their trust in Jesus. Nowhere does the Bible teach that salvation is dependent upon water baptism. The Bible teaches that Jesus gives you the gift of salvation, and being baptised is a response of obedience.
Baptism is also as a form of initiation into the adventure of following Christ. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19). See also Acts 2:37-38 and Acts 10:38.
If you would like to be baptised, join us at Growth Track, every Tuesday at 7p.m. here at church.
The next Baptism service will be on 24 March.