Several people will be baptized this Sunday as a testimony of their salvation in Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in learning more contact Pastor Mark or stop by the Welcome Center at church.
At sports events, we get excited and cheer for our teams and our kids. We want to see them win every week. Today, you can be the Bills Mafia or the Yankees Bleacher Creatures. To cheer as they take this step of faith and publicly proclaim their allegiance to Jesus Christ as Savior. They are putting on the team jersey or jacket and letting everyone know where they stand. With you and I and the rest of the church. This is a team celebration!
I hope you will applaud and cheer “amen” to show them that this is even more important than the performances, good grades or other awards they may achieve at school. Today they are putting a stake in the ground and not turning back. They are showing us all that they are committed followers of Jesus Christ. They are publicly identifying with the team.
Baptism is clearly seen in Scripture as a way to tell the world that I’m a Christian. It is not the way we are saved. Every time someone was baptized in the Bible, they had already trusted Jesus as Savior. This is a symbol or act of obedience. Jesus commanded His followers to go into the world, preach the Gospel, baptize new believers, and disciple them in the faith.
Baptism also illustrates unity with Jesus Christ. Just as He died for our sins, was buried, and then rose again, Each person will be lowered into the water in a picture of death to sins, burial, and then rising to new life in Christ. It is a picture of our Salvation in Jesus Christ
READ Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12
Baptism also illustrates unity in the Church. Everyone who joins the church, must be baptized in the same way after trusting Christ as Savior. This is the example we have from the New Testament: salvation and then baptism. In Acts 2 we read “So those who received his word were baptized and there added that day about three thousand souls.”
READ Ephesians 4:4-5