Following Christ

Jesus didn’t make things complicated, so we believe in keeping things simple, too.

Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men”

When Jesus said, “Follow me,” he meant: “Come love people like I do, do the things I do, be my follower.” Here are a few things that becoming a Christ follower means:

  • We agree with God that, without Jesus Christ, we are headed in the wrong direction.
  • We accept the gift of God’s forgiveness, which is only available because Jesus was punished in our place.
  • We do the things Jesus did and try to be more like Jesus.

Baptism

Baptism is a public identification with Jesus and is a visible expression of our trust in Him.

Why should I be baptized?

  • Jesus was baptized.“Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” — Mark 1:9
  • Jesus commanded us to be baptized.“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.” — Matthew 28:19–20
  • It demonstrates that I’m a follower of Jesus.“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” — 1 John 2:3

What is the meaning of baptism?

It communicates many great pictures…

  • Being washed clean.“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” — Acts 22:16
  • Being clothed in Christ.“For all of you were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” — Galatians 3:27
  • The end of the old life and the beginning of new life.“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” — Colossians 2:12“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.” — Romans 6:4

Who should be baptized?

Everyone who believes in Christ as Savior. A believer is someone who realizes their sin has separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have decided that Jesus’ death on the cross for their sin is the only thing that can bridge the gap back to God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust God alone for salvation and life.

For example:

  • “Those who accepted his message were baptized…” — Acts 2:41
  • “But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” — Acts 8:12–13

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus. Baptism is a step of obedience to declare your allegiance to Jesus. There is no need to wait.

Consider:

  • “But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.” — Acts 8:12
  • “As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” — Acts 19:5

Why does Lifepointe baptize by immersion?

  • The word baptize literally means “to dip under water.”
  • Jesus was baptized that way.
  • Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. For example…“They went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” — Acts 8:38–39
  • It best symbolized a death, burial and resurrection. (Romans 6)

What about children?

The Bible consistently gives examples of people who were baptized following a conscious decision to follow and trust in Jesus. In addition, we do not find any examples of people being baptized who did not ask for that to happen. At Lifepointe, we believe that people who are baptized should be old enough to verbalize their faith in Jesus and have a basic understanding of what baptism means.

What should I wear?

Lifepointe will provide a t-shirt to wear. (This is for you to keep — our gift to you.) Most men wear a bathing suit or dark shorts and women wear dark shorts over a bathing suit.

How do I sign up?

Click the Sign Up Button here, sign up at the Info Booth, mark “Baptism” on your Connect Card or speak with a Pastor any Sunday. We like to have a quick conversation with each person who wishes to be baptized.

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