Baptism

Baptism is the outward expression of an inward change. At Impact, we believe baptism is an important step in the process of the new believer. We encourage everyone, who has made the life changing decision to follow Christ, to follow in baptism. Baptism is essentially a stake in the ground. It’s an incredible way to say, “I’m going public with my faith!” 

Why Be Baptized?

  • To follow Christ’s example. A Christian is a “follower of Christ.” “Jesus… was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9-11)
  • Christ commanded it. He instructed His disciples: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
  • It is the pattern followed by New Testament believers. “…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8)
  • It is a symbol and a pledge of your salvation.
 Water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ… 
1 Peter3:21

The Meaning Of Baptism?

  • The Greek word “baptizo” means “to immerse or dip under water.” Water baptism is an external symbol of the internal washing and renewal that takes place when one believes in Christ. “…He saved us through the washing and rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…” (Titus 3:5)
  • Baptism is also a symbol of one’s union by faith with Christ in death, burial, and resurrection.
  • Baptism is a public confession of our new life in Christ and a sign of our obedience to His word.
 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 
Romans6:3-5

If you are interested in being baptized, we can do that at any of our weekend services, or anytime, for that matter. Just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to walk through this decision in more detail.

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