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Baptism

Immerse Yourself in the Lord’s Salvation

Baptism will not save your soul.

But it is a public profession of your repentance and faith in God through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. An individual must first accept the gift of salvation by receiving and believing in Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

Even Jesus was baptized when he started his ministry, and he directed every Believer to follow his example. Today, The Fellowship continues Jesus’ command by baptizing members who have heard His call and made the decision to accept the Lord into their heart and, filled with that joy, are ready to outwardly demonstrate their inward profession through baptism.

"And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’ And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation.’ So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls." - Acts 2:38-41 (ESV)

 

Baptism FAQs

What does “baptism” really mean?

The English word "baptism" is a transliteration of the original New Testament Greek word "baptizein," which means to dip into water. By definition, baptism is a public profession of our repentance and faith in God through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:3-4 (ESV)

"Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12 (ESV)

How should a person be baptized?

We baptize by full immersion …

  • Because of the implications of the word itself.
  • Because it was the norm in Scripture.
  • Because the symbolism of the act requires it.

Should babies be baptized?

In the New Testament and the first two centuries of Christendom, baptism was the baptism of believers, not infants. It is not even considered until 200 A.D., when Tertullian mentions infant baptism for the first time in a historical document.

Baptism is the sign of belonging to the new people of God who are constituted not by birth or ethnic identity, but by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Here at The Fellowship, we hold a dedication service for parents and children to commit and set apart our children to the Lord.

Does being baptized save me from my sin?

No. It is not a spiritual cleaner.

"Because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him." 1 Peter 3:20-22 (ESV)

Paul does not mean that faith alone fails to save. He means that faith calls on God - and that is what faith does. Peter is saying, "Baptism is the God-ordained, symbolic expression of that call to God. It is an appeal to God – either in the form of repentance or in the form of commitment."

If I do not get baptized, will I still go to heaven?

Yes.

The Bible says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)