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What is Baptism?

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


The Process of Baptism

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 believer’s Baptism:

Believer’s Baptism                                                Infant Baptism

Voluntary                                                              Involuntary

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) It’s 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, 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.

A special moment is Baptism

Filled with hope and optimism

With faith we journey forward

Personal Commitment to the Lord

Born again to a new life with the king

Given God's presence and his blessing

Live like Jesus and give compassion to all

Become a Disciple and follow the call

- Pam Thompson 2021

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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 v18-20

Here is the video of the first baptism in the new baptistry and some of our recent ones 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 baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christmas raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we, too, might walk in newness of life.’