WHY BAPTISM? “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Matt 28:19
So why get baptized? The short answer is Jesus commands us to. He makes it an issue of obedience. Those who are disciples enter into their life with Christ through baptism. Baptism is not salvific, in that it does not “save” us, but it is a critical public proclamation of genuine faith. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality.
WHAT IS BAPTISM? 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.”
The actual Greek word for “baptism”, baptizo, means to plunge, dip, immerse. Accordingly, in the New Testament, baptism was done through immersion. The person being baptized was immersed, or put completely under water, and then brought back up.
The sacrament of baptism reenacts this truth that in accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we experience his death and his resurrection. When the baptism candidate goes down into the water, it is a picture of going down into the grave and being buried. The candidate is identifying with the death of Jesus. His/her old life, life of flesh and sin, is dying, but, as this candidate is lifted up out of the water, so too is he/she rising to a new kind of life in Christ. The candidate is participating in the resurrection of Christ: “therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come” 2 Cor 5:17.
Baptism, therefore, symbolizes regeneration or spiritual rebirth. But more than just a symbol, it is an important way for us to experience the benefits of our salvation. Baptism is a powerful moment where both the candidate and the church are reminded of the beauty of the Gospel; it’s an opportunity to hear testimonies and be reminded the God is mighty to save; and it also provides a milestone where we can look back, and know for certain, that on this specific day, we gave our lives to Jesus Christ.
CAN I GET BAPTIZED AT RENEW?
If you have never been baptized before, or if your previous baptism was not a point of genuine faith, we encourage you to be baptized at Renew! We would love to celebrate this special moment in your life with friends and family.
Our next Baptism will be Sunday May 15th at West LA College after Sunday Service.
For those who have been baptized, please come out and support our candidates by cheering them on and welcoming them into the Family!