So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers. (Acts 2:41-42)
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19–20)
Last Sunday was a happy time at Bent Creek Baptist Church as 3 more people made a personal and public commitment to Christ through baptism.
Christian baptism is a statement of faith and discipleship. In baptism we confess our faith in Christ who has scoured our soul of sin, giving us a new life.
It is a practice that goes back to the beginning of the church. An essential part of being Christian. We may debate orthodoxy, but all Christians agree that baptism is an essential part of being united with Christ.
Consider the symbolism associated with being submerged in water to rise again a new person.
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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Rom. 6:4-5)
“Baptism is not a requirement for salvation,” says H. Wayne House, at Faith Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. “Rather, it is to faith what words are to ideas.”
Last Sunday, three people stated their commitment to Christ. Hallelujah.
Thanks to Doug Van Wirt for the photos.