Baptism is an act of witness of our acceptance and identification with Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. To be baptized is to obey (observe) the words of Christ, who commanded the disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, then to baptize all those who received Him as Savior. The apostles and early disciples obeyed this command.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
Our Lord commissions us to take the Gospel to all people. Those who respond in faith are to be discipled which includes instruction and baptism.
Baptism is a picture of the Gospel.
Immersion was the only type of baptism known to the early Christians. Baptism by immersion is a picture of the spiritual reality behind it. It signifies the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A person who trusts Christ as Savior is crucified with Christ, buried with Christ and raised to new life in Christ. Romans 6:16 says to believers, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Water baptism by immersion visually proclaims that the believer being baptized has been buried with Christ and is now alive in Christ.
Note: Romans 6:3-4 gives us the proper place of baptism. It follows one’s acceptance of Christ as Savior. It is not necessary for salvation, but is an act of further dedication and identification with the Lord Jesus. We emphasize that all believers should be baptized, but it is not necessary for entrance into heaven.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:3-4
Baptism is comparable to a wedding ring.
Wearing a wedding ring does not make you married; but it does make a public statement that you have entered into a marriage covenant. In the same way, baptism is a public testimony that you have entered the New Covenant through placing your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior. As it would be inappropriate to wear a wedding ring if you were not married – it is inappropriate for someone to be baptized when they have not yet placed their faith in Jesus Christ. It is the policy of The Refuge at The Chapel to follow the Great Commission by restricting water baptism to those who have made a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Because baptism is a step of obedience to the Lord’s instructions, we do strongly encourage people who have come to faith but have not been baptized to do so even if they became Christians many years ago.
If you have questions about baptism, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be pleased to assist you in this step of obedience.
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