There are many steps of faith in the Christian’s journey. One that receives a lot of attention is the step of baptism. Like many things in the Christian faith, baptism is filled with questions and even some superstitions. Hopefully this post will help you better understand how we practice baptism at New Vida.
What is baptism?
Baptism is a practice of the church that is an act of obedience to Jesus in a believer’s testimony and journey of faith. It is part announcement and part symbolic.
What does it announce?
Baptism is an announcement to family and friends declaring your decision to follow the teachings of Jesus in your daily life. Read Matthew 28:19.
What does it symbolize?
Baptism symbolizes a “burial” and “death” to your way of life and the sin you’ve done, and a “resurrection” into the life possible through Christ Jesus. Read Romans 6:1-11.
Who should be baptized?
Everyone who is choosing to follow the teachings of Christ and wanting to be his disciple. Read Acts 2:38.
Is their an age limit?
There is no official age limit. It comes out of a desire to follow Christ. Children should talk about it with their parents before hand.
Should I be “rebaptized”?
It is not uncommon for a person to be baptized as an infant or a young child/adult and realize that this act was not of their own decision to follow Christ. It is also possible to sense you’ve gone your own way even after being baptized. Both are reasonable grounds to be re-baptized.
Baptism does not make you a member of New Vida. Baptism does not save you. Baptism does not mean you have your faith all figured out or that you are perfect. Baptism will not result in everything “magically” working itself out in your life.
Our next baptism service is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017. If you would like to be baptized, contact us.