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The eunuch said, “Here’s water. Why can’t I be baptised?” (Acts 8v36) ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING BAPTISED?
Dave’s message about foundations of our Christian faith a week or two ago centred around 4 foundations that we all need for our continued faith in Jesus. Can you remember what those 4 things are? That’s right – Repentance, Faith, Baptism in water and Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
So, on the back of Dave’s message we thought it prudent of us to give you the opportunity to be baptised by full immersion in water if you haven’t already had that done in your Christian walk.
Just to be clear we don’t believe that Baptism in water saves us; because we are saved by faith alone in Jesus and by what he has accomplished for us in His life, death, resurrection and ascension. But we would certainly encourage every believer to be baptised in water by full immersion for a number of reasons.
(1) Jesus was baptised and wants us to baptise others. In obedience to the Lord’s command, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mat 28v19-20)
(2) Baptism is a powerful symbol of what Jesus did for us. Baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of their sins, received forgiveness of sins, died with Christ to sin, been raised to newness of life and received the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a powerful symbol of what Jesus has done for us.
(3) When you’ve decided to follow Jesus and you want other people to know. Baptism is a wonderful opportunity to make a stand for your faith. We would always encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbours – drag folk off the streets if you need to (joke). But here is a great way to witness to your faith in Jesus. Even if you were baptised as an infant, we would still encourage you to be baptised as a believer.
When you are baptised, it becomes a place where God extends a rich blessing upon your life. He empowers you, He fills you with His Holy Spirit, He helps make it a ‘new start’, He helps you be bold for your faith, He draws near to you and you feel His presence in some wonderful way. In fact, although we seem to be ‘doing something for Him’ it ends up being God doing much more for us than we ever thought possible.
So, as the Eunuch at the top of the page said to Philip, “Here is water, why can’t I be baptised?” this is a fantastic opportunity for you to be baptised. If God is speaking to you about this then please come and speak to either John or myself and we will progress it further for you; and in the none too distant future we can have a baptism meeting. Indeed, there will be great rejoicing among us all and as a fellowship of God’s people we will stand with you and support you. That’s what church families are for, yes?
Have a great week – blessing to each one of you – Mike x
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