The baptism serves as a capstone to our day as a church family, and a reminder that a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ can walk hand-in-hand with a public and joyful celebration.
Although the baptism is our opportunity to publicly, and scripturally, proclaim our faith in Jesus, there are still so many of us that have yet to make the decision to be baptized.
People seem to have different ideas about the purpose of baptism. Sometimes people view it as a requirement of our faith and others see it as a qualifying event that is necessary to join a church. There are those that believe it ensures our salvation and there are those that believe it is “extra” insurance for salvation. In the end, many Christians see purpose in baptism but don’t always understand its function.
A person must fully understand that faith in Jesus Christ is the only road to salvation. We must realize that we are sinful and that the only way our sin can be reconciled is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We must also understand that our belief in Jesus Christ is an expression of faith, not a reward for works or deeds (Ephesians 2:8). Once we have proclaimed our faith in Jesus Christ we have been made righteous, sanctified, and justified in the eyes of God the Father (Romans 5:8).
At LBF we believe in a one-time baptism for people who have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. This is one-time baptism is different from someone who re-dedicates their life to Jesus after they have made a profession of faith. Baptism is a one-time public proclamation of a faith in Jesus that has already transpired in a person' heart.
Baptism may not be required, but it serves a significant purpose. Within the church, baptism functions as a sign of the manifestation of God’s covenant
Baptism becomes a Christian rite, not a requirement, of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It represents the inward washing of our soul through the blood of Christ. It is a physical representation of our new inward reality.
It represents the death of our old self (Romans 6:3-5), our union with Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:27), and the cleansing of our sins (Acts 22:16). Finally, baptism serves as a sign and reminder of the covenant of God’s grace, sealed by the life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You are not alone, and your church family is here for you through all of this. If you are ready, please click the link below to register for our next baptism. If you would like more information, you can contact Pastor Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org