Baptism


1. What is baptism?
Baptism is a public proclamation of faith and new life in Jesus Christ. It is an outward public testimony of an inward invisible transformation.

2. Who should be baptized?
All who have experienced God’s saving grace and responded through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

3. Why should Christians be baptized?
Out of obedience to Jesus’ commands as recorded in the New Testament and evidenced in the early church.

4. When should Christians be baptized?
After experiencing God’s saving grace and responding
through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

5. How should Christians be baptized? 
St. Paul Baptist Church practices baptism by immersion, but affirms some alternative modes of baptisms done for the right reason (faith and new life in Christ) at the right time (following conversion).

Baptism

 

Once you make a decision for Christ, we encourage you to take that next step of faith and follow in believer's baptism. The water itself is not special, but a demonstration that you no longer are your old self; you have been buried, and now resurrected in Christ and walk in His power, purpose and love.

A New Life in Christ

Now that you have made the most important decision of your life, it's important to make a few changes to keep your life on track with Christ. First, make today a day of new beginnings in your life and don't look back! Know this, God has forgiven and forgotten your past and has a bright future ahead of you. Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. When condemning voices remind you of your past, don't forget, God no longer remembers your sin anymore. God's Word says as far as the east is from the west, so your sins are from His memory.

Second, give us one year of your life and commit to St. Paul Baptist Church where your faith can grow. Surround yourself with other believers and friends that will encourage you on this new journey of faith. We encourage you to bring your friends and, so that they can learn and grow in their faith with you.

Finally, we encourage you to get involved in New Beginnings where you can be taught the fundamentals of walking with God. Join us and discover the wonderful promises and blessings the Lord has in store for His children.

The Practice of Baptism

 During a baptism an individual has the opportunity to share with the worshipping community their decision to follow Jesus Christ. Baptism is a picture and an illustration—a symbolic act. It illustrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf and our subsequent faith in Him. It is not necessary for salvation but is strongly associated with salvation as it best illustrates our new identity with Jesus Christ.

How to be Baptized

At the conclusion of each of our worship service, the pastor will lead the congregation in a time of invitation. At that time, anyone who is interested in joining the church, getting baptized or making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ is asked to walk forward and visit with one of our New Member Team volunteers. At that time you may learn more and schedule a time for your baptism at one of our services.

Where to Go

Once you have scheduled your baptism, please arrive 30 minutes before the worship service.

What to Bring

You will need to bring the following:

  • Swimsuit or dark shorts and a dark T-Shirt (to wear under your robe)
  • Change of undergarments 
  • Pair of white socks (to prevent slipping) 
  • Plastic bag for wet clothes
  • Other personal items (hairdryer, makeup, etc.)

The church will provide a whitebaptismal robe, handkerchief and towels.

The word “baptism” comes from the New Testament (Greek) word baptizo meaning to “dip” or “immerse” in water. Sprinkling, pouring, or other methods are never mentioned in the New Testament as a proper form of baptism. The scripture itself teaches that baptism by immersion in water is the only method which properly symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Colossians 2:12 - “Buried with Him in baptism…“)

  1. A public profession of your salvation: Baptism is an OUTWARD expression of an INWARD experience.
  2. The first step of obedience after salvation: Baptism is essential, not to salvation, but to OBEDIENCE.

Baptism is your spiritual wedding band showing other people that you are united with Christ. If you don’t wear your wedding band, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t married. But when you wear your band it lets everyone know that you are committed to someone. You are saved without baptism, but you are not fully obedient until you are baptized.

When should I be baptized?

Since baptism is an act of obedience to Christ, we should follow the Lord in baptism as soon as possible after our conversion to Christ (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12).

In the case of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26), the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:33), and the new believers on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41), all were baptized IMMEDIATELY AFTER they received the gift of eternal life.

If you would like to be baptized, e-mail spbcaustin.org or call 512-453-5171

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 Baptism 08/07/2011

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