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Baptism

This Weekend at Fellowship Church

Have you taken the next step by going public with your faith decision through Believer's Baptism? The time is now! This weekend you have the opportunity to join countless others, across all of our FC locations, in taking this exciting next step!  

For more information call us at 972-471-5700 or stop by the Information Kiosk at your campus.

FAQs

Jesus is our example in every area of life, including believer’s baptism. Jesus had to walk about 60 miles just to be baptized in the Jordan River. To set an example for us, Jesus was baptized – by immersion – to publically identify with God’s kingdom and humanity.

Matthew 3:15 “But Jesus said, ‘It must be done, because we must do everything that is right.’ So then John baptized Him."

“Baptism” comes from the Greek word baptizo, which means “to immerse.” Like Jesus, we should be baptized by immersion. That means going into the water, being immersed under the water, and coming back out of the water. It’s that simple!

Matthew 3:16, 17 “After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with Him.’"

Baptism is an identification event. Going under the water symbolizes the death of Christ. Coming up out of the water represents the resurrection of Christ. When we go under the water, it’s symbolic of the fact that we have died to ourselves and self-centered living. When we come back out of the water we are symbolizing our new life in Christ!

Romans 6:4 “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”

Believer’s baptism is commanded in Scripture. Also, it identifies Christ-followers with Jesus.

Romans 6:4 “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”

Going public with our faith by being baptized is the first step of obedience after accepting Jesus as our Savior. It is a public expression of an inward connection. Don’t be ashamed to stand for your Savior!

Mark 8:38 “If a person is ashamed of Me and My message in these adulterous and sinful days, I, the Son of Man, will be ashamed of that person when I return in the glory of My Father with the holy angels.”

Absolutely not! Only Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection cleanses sin. Baptism is a celebration of our acceptance of that fact.

I Peter 1:18, 19 “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

Believers baptism is reserved for those who are old enough to make their own faith decision to become a Christ-follower, and it always comes after one’s faith decision. Being biblically baptized, like Jesus was, in many ways confirms the dreams of those who had you baptized as an infant!

Acts 18:8 “Many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.”

Faith is a verb and demands action. If someone professes to follow Christ, yet stalls at His first command, they need to evaluate the authenticity of their faith.

II Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is in you, it means you have failed the test.”

James 2:17 “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Baptism is an identification event. Going under the water symbolizes the death of Christ. Coming up out of the water represents the resurrection of Christ. When we go under the water, it’s symbolic of the fact that we have died to ourselves and self-centered living. When we come back out of the water we are symbolizing our new life in Christ! We choose to participate in Believer’s baptism after we make a personal decision to receive Christ.

Romans 6:4 “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”

As soon as possible after choosing to become a follower of Jesus. Why not today?

Acts 2:41 “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

We are happy to provide you with a dark shirt and shorts. But, women may choose to bring their own dark shorts and top to be worn over a swimsuit. Men may choose to wear a t-shirt and shorts or swimsuit. You may bring a change of clothes and we will provide towels.

Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.

A child may participate in Believer’s Baptism if they are at least 6 years old, have completed Kid Faith (link) and have made a personal decision to receive Christ. We also have an opportunity for parents to dedicate their children at our (link) parent child dedication.

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