Throughout the history of the Christian Church, baptism has been one of the most universally accepted practices, almost always understood as being connected with the beginning of the Christian life.
Baptism is a powerful symbol of our participation in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection with the Church, to serve the world. It is a physical marker to remind us and all who are watching of our participation in the body of Christ.
What is baptism?
At Gateway, we participate in a believer’s baptism to publicly identify ourselves with Jesus in his death and resurrection.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” - Romans 6:3
This is a sacred and beautiful opportunity to proclaim, “I believe the best possible way to live is the way of Jesus, and I am committed to following Christ—daily dying to myself and allowing the resurrected Christ to live in and through me.” It is a beautiful picture of our union with Christ and our declaring that we join him in the renewal of all things!
Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it is a declaration that through faith, you have already been united with Christ. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is similar to wedding ring - it is an outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
Why should I be baptized?
- Jesus commanded baptism
Jesus regarded the act of baptism to be so significant that he commissioned His Church to go all over the world baptizing disciples who believe the gospel message. "Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 28v19
- Jesus modeled baptism
"At that time Jesus came from Nazereth and was baptized by John in the Jordan." Mark 1v9
Why Be Baptized by Immersion?
- It appears Jesus was baptized by immersion, "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water." Matthew 3v16.
- The symbolism around baptism is that of dying, being buried and being called back to life which fits going down into the water and coming up. In the historic tradition of the Church baptism involves a turning away from sin and a turning towards Jesus Christ.
Who should be baptized?
- Every person who has believed in Christ.
"Those who accepted His message were baptized" Acts 2v41
"Simon himself believed and was baptized" Acts 8v13
"But when they believed... they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8v12
How can I be baptized at Gateway?
Fill out the registration form below and make plans to attend the baptism class this Sunday, July 21st at 11:30am in the South Lobby. Our next baptismal service is on Sunday, August 4th at 4pm.