What about Baptism?
Did you know in the New Testament, confession of faith in Jesus and baptism were so intertwined that they were celebrated at the same time? Young and old, those who confess Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are to be baptised. You don’t find examples in scripture where baptisms that took place years and years from the time someone first professed Jesus as Lord.
Did you also know that baptism is one of the foundational pieces to your Christian life, without it we’re missing an important component that marks us as distinct followers of Christ. Jesus placed immense value on baptism and here at AAC we value baptism in this way. It’s never too late to begin the steps to take part in this celebration of the Christian faith. To find out more about our next baptism class, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I Be a Christian and Not be Baptised?
The time for celebrating baptisms is approaching again. Sometimes the question is asked, “Can I be a Christian without being baptised?” You know what? That’s really the wrong question to ask! Here’s why. Did you know in Mark 16:16 it says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
In scripture the action of baptism was so closely tied to belief in Jesus Christ that you never thought about separating the two. If you have made the commitment to be a follower of Jesus--that means living a new life in Christ and leaving your old life behind—then we encourage you not to wait any longer to make your monumental life decision visible in baptism.
Baptism is More Than a Symbol
Did you know that baptism in Christ Jesus is not just about obedience? It is true, Jesus displayed obedience by being baptised himself (Mark 1:9), and he tells us to be baptized as well (Mark. 16:16). It is also true that in the letters of Peter and Titus we find the important symbolic components of baptism. However, being baptised means more than the symbolic washing away of your sins. Christians are baptised not to merely remember Christ’s death on the cross, but because you were there on the cross (Romans 6). Baptism celebrates all that was involved in your coming to faith and the moment when you began a new life in Christ.