20 Baptisms

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Last Sunday 20 individuals made the decision to be baptized during our worship services.  Yes, that’s right, 20 people who believe in Jesus and have received Him into their lives went public with their faith.  It was a powerful expression of love and trust in our Lord.  You may be wondering, “Why is baptism such a BIG deal for you guys?  And why is it an important step in someone’s faith journey?”

Baptism demonstrates and celebrates an individual’s decision to follow Jesus Christ.  There is no more meaningful ceremony than baptism that pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Romans 6:3, 4 “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

WHY SHOULD SOMEONE BE BAPTIZED?

Three reasons…

  1. To follow the example set by Jesus
  2. Because Jesus commands it
  3. Baptism demonstrates that I really am a Christ follower

WHY SHOULD THEY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION

Biblical baptisms were by immersion.

The Greek word, “baptizo” means to immerse, dip, or plunge under water.

WHEN SHOULD THEY BE BAPTIZED?

After I have believed in Christ and received Him into my life.

HOW DO WE RECEIVE AND BELIEVE?

Agree that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He died to pay for my sins, that he rose from the dead, and that he is alive today.

Romans 10:9  “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Admit that God has not been first place in my life and ask Him to forgive my sins.  Another word for “admit” is confess.

1 John 1:9 (LB) “But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”

Accept God’s free gift of salvation. Don’t try to earn it.

Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.”

In the New Testament there was an immediacy for people to be baptized.

Acts 2:41 “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

If you haven’t put your faith in Jesus we’d encourage you to do it right now!  With all your heart, we urge you to accept God’s desire for your life by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.  The Bible clearly says…

Acts 4:12 (NCV)  “Jesus is the only one who can save people.  His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save people.  We must be saved through Him.”

If you’ve put your faith in Him the next step is baptism and we’d love to celebrate with you!  Email me at scott@asischurch.com and I’ll sign you up to baptized during our next baptism service.

In His love,

Pastor Scott