Baptism is an action instituted by Jesus Christ in which God, the believer and the Christian community are all involved. In baptism new believers confess faith and share what God has already done in their lives. Here, there is also a ‘letting go’ in which new Christians abandon themselves to the grace of God and the resurrection power of the one who overcomes the chaos of death and sets our feet on the new path of life. The waters of baptism are a meeting-place where human trust and the life-giving acts of God come together.
If you are thinking about baptism here are a few resources for you to consider.
First read Acts 2:22-47 and then explore the resources and questions below
1) The Christian life can be seen as a series of stepping stones over a stream. The first step is conversion and the second step is baptism. Notice that in Acts 2:38. Baptism follows conversion and cannot produce salvation.
2) Differences between infant and believers Baptism:
Believers Baptism Infant Baptism
Follows Faith Precedes Faith
Immersion Sprinkling (see pg32)
Celebrates new birth Anticipates new birth
Promises made by believer Promises made on behalf of child
Why should we be baptised?
3a) We are baptised in obedience to what Jesus taught, see Matthew 28:16-20.
b) We are baptised because of Jesus example, see Matthew 3:15.
What is happening in Baptism?
4a) Baptism is a symbol. It symbolises our cleansing from sin, see Acts 22:16.
b) Symbolises our union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. This is at the heart of the Christian faith, see Acts 2:22-28 & Rom. 6:4
5) Its an entry rite into the church, see 1 Cor. 12:12-13.
6) It’s a sign of your conversion and that God’s Spirit is in you, see Acts 2:33 & 2:38
7) It’s a Sacrament (see Pg 17), whereby God meets you in a special way through your obedience, see Acts 19:6.
What happens after Baptism?
8) Baptism is not the end of your discipleship, in one way it’s the beginning. In obedience you may come under spiritual attack and therefore it’s important you actively seek God through your Spiritual disciplines (see Acts 2: 42-47).
9) Baptism, church membership and service are closely linked in a Baptist church because Baptism is an entry rite into the worldwide church of Christ and membership is a decision to be identified with and committed to a local church.
Below is the video of the first baptism in the new baptistery at Avenue Baptist Church. It is shaped in the cross, drawing inspiration from the bible when the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 6 ‘Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.’
If you would like to explore baptism then please contact Andrew Picton at firstname.lastname@example.org