Baptism

Baptism

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[toggle Title=”Why be baptized?”]The primary reason for you to be baptized is to identify yourself with Jesus Christ and proclaim your salvation. Baptism is the biblical and historical method used to proclaim your allegiance to Christ (Acts 18:8). When you get baptized, you more fully identify with the family of God who now know you are on the same journey as them.  In doing so, we are following Christ’s example for us (Mark 1:9). Additionally, we are obeying the Great Commission, which is the mission of our church (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism is a part of leading people in the adventure of becoming like Christ.[/toggle] [toggle Title=”Why is baptism important?”]Baptism is important because Jesus commanded it, the New Testament models it, and because it is a powerful symbol of a new life in Christ. Baptism symbolizes that our old life is buried (represented by going under water) and we are raised to a new life (represented by coming up out of the water.) See Romans 6:1-4. Additionally, it allows the world to know that you are following Christ. In the first century, baptisms were often done out in the open where everyone could see. Sometimes, this put believers in danger. It was and is an incredible testament to the power of the Gospel.[/toggle] [toggle Title=”Who should be baptized?”] Baptism is for anyone who has decided to join in the adventure of becoming like Christ by Loving God, Loving People and Living Surrendered.   If you believe that Jesus Christ died to pay for your sins and that He rose from the dead and have confessed him as Lord of your life (Romans 10:9-10), then you should be baptized.  If not, then you need to make that commitment before you follow Christ in baptism. [/toggle] [toggle Title=”When should I be baptized?”] The sooner the better!  Once you have surrendered your life to Christ, there should be nothing holding you back (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:36-39).   [/toggle] [toggle Title=”Do I have to be baptized to be saved?”] No, baptism is an outward act of obedience to testify about an internal decision to surrender our lives to Christ. It is certainly an important part of the Christian life, but it is not a requirement for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10). [/toggle] [toggle Title=”Why do we baptize “by immersion”? “]Open Door baptizes people by full immersion for several reasons. One of the most important reasons is that Jesus was baptized by immersion (Matthew 3:16). Since, part of the purpose of baptism is to follow Jesus’ example, we believe it is best to be fully immersed. Not only that, but immersion was the method used by the first century church (ex. Acts 8:38-39). We feel that it is best to follow the example of Jesus and the apostles in this matter. Further, the Greek word used in the New Testament to refer to baptism is “baptizo” which means “to dip under water.” The word itself refers to the act of immersion.[/toggle] [toggle Title=”If I was baptized as an infant, should I be baptized again?”] Infant baptism does not accomplish the purpose of believer’s baptism. Keep in mind that the purpose of baptism is to show that you have surrendered to and are choosing to follow Christ. Infant baptism does not serve this purpose, but rather is a commitment made by a child’s parents to raise the child in the fear of the Lord. If you were baptized as an infant, it would be best to be baptized as a believing adult to proclaim your personal commitment to Christ.[/toggle] [toggle Title=”Can families or spouses be baptized together?”] Absolutely!  If everyone in the family or marriage has committed to Christ, and understands the commitment they have made, we would love to baptize the couple or the entire household together! [/toggle] [toggle Title=”How do I sign up?”] Contact Teresa Hamilton at [email protected] or by phone (440-326-2315) and let her know you want to be baptized.[/toggle]