We are excited that you are interested in water baptism. Immersion in water is an outward sign of an inward reality. As an outward sign, it serves as a public testimony of personal faith in Jesus. As an inward reality, it symbolizes a believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Few act of Christian obedience provide a more powerful illustration of cleansing from the guilt of sin and deliverance from the power of sin.
Who should be baptized?
Water baptism is a corporate ordinance instituted by God for all who have decided to follow Jesus in response to the inward, regenerating, work of the Holy Spirit. While there is no specific age requirement in Scripture, baptism is a symbol of beginning the Christian life and should not be encouraged until an individual is old enough to make a credible profession of faith.
How do you know if this is you?
There are three “tests” that you can contemplate as you consider taking the step of baptism.
1. Doctrinal test—Do you believe God’s gospel? (See 1 John 4:14-15 and 1 John 5:10-12.)
2. Moral test—Do you obey God’s commands? (See 1 John 3:6-9.)
3. Social test—Do you love God’s people? (See 1 John 4:19-21.)
What happens when you're baptized?
Anytime we obey God’s commands we experience God’s blessing. Though baptism is not an action that earns salvation or anything else from God, it is a means of grace in the life of a Christian.Often after being baptized, God imparts greater assurance of salvation, a fresh awareness of his love, and increased joy in the gospel through public identification with the people of God.Baptism is also a significant encouragement to other believers observing the process as they are reminded of God’s saving work in their own life.
What are the next steps?
If you are interested in being baptized, the next steps are simple.
1. Attend a Baptism class—Led twice a year by one of KingsWay’s elders, this one-hour class is an opportunity to hear what the Bible teaches about baptism and ask questions about the process. The next class will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 in the seminar room.
2. Have a sit-down conversation with one of the pastors—this will allow you to allow you to express your desire to be baptized one-on-one with an elder and benefit from their counsel in determining whether you’re ready to take this important step.
If you would like to learn more about baptism, check out the following books:
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greer
How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian? by Donald Whitney
Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
If you have any questions, or to schedule a baptism, contact our Lead Pastor, Matthew Williams at email@example.com.