We will have a special night of baptism Cross Church Together Nights at our Fayetteville campus on September 8, 2019. If you have been thinking about baptism, join us on this day to be baptized by Dr. Nick Floyd.
What is the Purpose of Baptism?
Through baptism, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It outwardly says to the Lord Jesus, "Your death is my death-I no longer have to die for my sins. Your life is my life-I now have your eternal life, now and forever" (Romans 3:23, 6:23). As you are immersed in water, you symbolically bury your old sinful nature. When you come up out of the water, it symbolically shows your new life and resurrection that belongs to you through Jesus.
What is the Significance of Baptism?
Baptism is an outward demonstration of your salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). It's a symbol of a covenant, much like a wedding ring. When a couple marries, they give each other a ring. This ring does not make them married. The ring is a symbol to others of that promise and covenant they made in their hearts to each other. Like the wedding ring, baptism is a symbol which testifies before God and people of the promise and covenant a person has made in his heart with Jesus. At the same time, baptism is more than just a symbol. There is a very real spiritual work that is accomplished in the waters of baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). According to these verses, God is well pleased with his children that follow him in obedience.
Who Should Be Baptized?
All those who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord, by turning away from their sin and trusting in Him, should be baptized. For this reason, we do not baptize babies or children who are too young to make a decision to follow Christ. While babies may be dedicated to the Lord from birth (1 Samuel 1:21-28), baptism is reserved for believers. Once you have surrendered yourself to Jesus Christ by trusting and acknowledging Him as Lord and by turning away from sin, you are ready for baptism.
Why Should I Be Baptized?
Jesus, the creator of the universe was baptized (Mark 1:9-11), and He commands all believers to follow His example (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 2:21). Baptism is an act of obedience, confession and identification with Christ. It is a demonstration of your covenant with God and your surrendered life to Christ.
How Should I Be Baptized?
Baptism is to be done by immersion in water, because the Greek word "baptize" literally means to immerse or dunk. Jesus was immersed (Matthew 3:13-17), the early church immersed (Acts 2:41), and the New Testament teaches nothing but immersion.
When Should I Get Baptized?
You should get baptized at your first opportunity after you have received Christ as Lord and Savior (Acts 8:35-39; 16:30; 18:8). Also, if you've recently prayed to receive Christ, we encourage you to attend our next Discover Cross Church class to learn the importance of the church in your new Christian walk. For more information, visit crosschurch.com/discover.