Baptism

You are invited to a Baptism Service!

Life Church will be holding a full emersion water baptism service on Sunday 29th March 5.00pm @ The Bridge Church, Newark Road Lincoln LN5 8PY. This will be followed by a light buffet.

At the service there will be a time of worship followed by  a number of people being baptised. Don’t miss their exciting stories!

Below are extracts from our Baptism Course that all who we baptise are required to complete…

Water Baptism

Thank you for your interest in being baptised here at Life Church. Jesus established water baptism as a commitment opportunity for believers when He gave the Great Commission message in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:16. Water Baptism is far more than a ritual or religious exercise. It is not only our personal choice, but it’s a command for us as believers. Water Baptism is a public, outward declaration that reflects a personal, inward faith. It associates the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and signifies the believer’s death to the old life and his or her resurrection as a new creation in Christ (Romans 6:1–8; Colossians 2:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17). In order to understand the reason for being baptised, it is important to carefully consider what the Bible says about it. (Please read the information below and if you have any questions please speak to one of the Church Leaders) .

Why be Baptised?

  1. Because you want to follow Christ’s example. Jesus himself was baptised. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9
  2. Because Christ commanded it. Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ. “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15; James 2:17-18) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
  3. Because it shows you are a believer. Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life (Hebrews 6:1-2).

How are we to be Baptised

“Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved . . . ,” Mark 16:16 “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38

  1. As Jesus was baptised – by being immersed in water. The word “baptise” comes from the Greek word baptizo which means “to immerse or dip under water”. “As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
  2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer. (Example) “…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38,39

Who should be Baptised

  1. Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptised (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! “Those who accepted his message were baptised…” Acts 2:41 “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12 Here in Life Church we do not baptise children until they are old enough to understand and believe.

The Meaning of Baptism

  1. Baptism is a visible act with a spiritual meaning. It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead. “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 “…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
  2. It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the ‘old life’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily basis. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “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 Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not ‘save’ you; only your faith in Christ does that. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9

I would like to get baptised. What do I do?

Speak to one of the Church Leaders or contact the Church Office by email or telephone. A short while afterwards a member of the Leadership team will speak with you to discuss the date of the next baptism.