What is Baptism?
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience; baptism is a picture of the believer’s faith in a cruciﬁed, buried, and risen Savior. It also symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in a new life in Christ Jesus. Baptism shows the believer’s faith in the ﬁnal resurrection of the dead. Baptism is required before church membership. Baptism is also required before taking the Lord’s Supper.
Why do we Baptize?
Baptism is an act of obedience for both the believer in Christ and the church. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 the church is command to go and baptize. In baptism the new believer in Christ identiﬁes with two realities. First, they identify with the nature of baptism as described above. Second, they identify with the body of Christ. In baptism the believer in Christ associates with the saints of the ages that preceded them. They are also following the example of Jesus Christ who was Himself baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). The importance of identifying with the body of Christ in baptism is because it signiﬁes now the new family and community of this believer; them now in Christ joining and becoming apart of this body.
How Do I Become Baptized?
At Friendship Baptist we invite those who seek baptism to present themselves at response time at any of our services. After an interview with one of the pastors the occasion for baptism will be scheduled as a mutually agreed upon time. If you have anymore further questions regarding baptism please contact us.