BAPTISM AT SOUTH MAIN
Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is a beautiful outward picture of a spiritual inward transformation. It is an act of obedience and worship for the Christian, one who has come to know God in a personal way. Baptism only takes a moment, but it represents the beginning of a lifetime of joy and meaning.
At South Main Church, as a candidate for baptism is assisted into the water, Pastor Toby Frost introduces them to the church family and shares their desire to say publicly through baptism that they have come to know Christ as Savior and want to follow Him as Lord.
Then the baptism candidate is lowered into the water, to symbolize the death and burial of Jesus Christ and their old life buried with Him. They are then raised up out of the water to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ and their desire to walk in newness of life; living for Christ instead of for self.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN BAPTISM?
Baptism is for everyone who comes to know Christ, and all are invited to come to Him. Knowing Christ is a personal decision with public significance. Though baptism, this act of obedience for the believer, has been around for more than 2000 years, it still has amazing meaning and importance for us today.
Through God's Word, the Bible, Jesus invites everyone to receive Him into their lives. He also invites everyone who knows Him to make a public profession of their faith by being baptized. Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
WHY IS BAPTISM IMPORTANT?
Jesus Christ Himself, when He began His earthly ministry over 2000 years ago, was baptized though He was and is God. He walked 60 miles to be baptized so He placed a lot of importance on it. Also, Jesus baptism is one of the few events in His earthly life and ministry that is recorded in all four gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. John the Baptist baptized Jesus, God the Son, at the Jordan River and God the Father spoke at Jesus' baptism saying, "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
HOW TO RESPOND
Since Jesus placed so much importance on baptism, would you like to follow Him in this special event? What a significant personal statement it would be for you and what a wonderful public blessing to your family, friends and community!
If you would like more information about knowing Christ personally or about baptism please contact our church at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to talk with you about your interest in spiritual things or about being baptized.