Maybe you have thought about it for a long time… Maybe it’s just something you’ve never done or thought you’ve never needed to do. Well here is your chance! Wed night May 25th 2011 at IGNITE we will be offering you the opportunity to be baptized!
Baptism is a Christian’s public declaration of their commitment to Jesus. It’s a outward sign of a inward change! Through baptism Christians celebrate Jesus’ transforming work in their lives and show their personal union with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection.
At the Canyons Student Ministries we believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his/her Savior. We consider it a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.
Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism….
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.”
–I Corinthians 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism
you were also raised with Christ.” –Colossians. 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside.
The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” –2 Corinthians. 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in
order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live
a new life!” –Romans 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift
of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8, 9
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.”
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and
Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” –Acts 8:38-39
The word Baptize means “To dip under water”.
The Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”.
It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” –Acts 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” –Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the
name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you have believed.
“Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” –Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about
Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the
man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now? ´
Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered,
´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into
the water and Philip baptized him.” –Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”!
WILL I HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING?
No, you won’t have to say anything. I will speak and baptize you.
Let me know asap if you would like to take part in what is going to be an awesome night!