THE PURPOSE FOR BAPTISM

Once our hearts are ready to accept the good news of Jesus Christ, we answer the call to a commitment of righteousness through baptism, 1 Peter 3:21.

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THE PURPOSE FOR BAPTISM IS:

1) To enter the kingdom (John 3:5).
2) To contact Christ’s blood (Romans 6:3,4).
3) To get into Christ (Galatians 3:27).
4) For salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
5) For the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
6) To wash away sins (Acts 22:16).
7) To be joined to the church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:23).
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To begin a new walk in righteousness (Romans 6:4)

Since Christ died for the sins of the whole world and the invitation to share in his saving grace is open to everyone (Acts 10:34,35; Revelation 22:17), we do not believe that anyone is predestined for salvation or condemnation. Some will choose to come to Christ in faith and obedience and will be saved. Others will reject his plea and be condemned (Mark 16:16). These will not be lost because they were marked for condemnation, but because that’s the path they chose.

We do not practice infant baptism because New Testament baptism is only for sinners who turn to the Lord in belief and penitence. An infant has no sin to repent of, and cannot qualify as a believer. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).

The only form of baptism we practice is immersion. The Greek word from which the word baptize comes means “to dip, to immerse, to sub- merge, to plunge.” And the Scriptures always point to baptism as a burial (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12).

Wherever you are at this moment, we hope you will decide to accept the salvation offered by Christ – that you will offer yourself in obedient faith and become a member of his church.

Romans 6:3-13 “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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”

 

 

(Text from http://church-of-christ.org/the-churches-of-christ-who-are-these-people)