Baptism is one of the most powerful ways that we connect to God as he transforms our life by His love. In baptism we are remade, reborn, restored to a relationship with God that allows his love to fill us and over flow out of us. If you love Jesus with your heart, soul, mind and strength, are ready to claim him as your savior, and start the journey of following him for the rest of your life - Baptism is your NEXT step.
Here’s what you should know...
Scripture describes baptism as an act that is central to a person’s commitment to follow Jesus. Jesus himself was baptized by John “to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt 3:13-17). When giving instructions to the disciples regarding their mission, Jesus said, “…make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Mt 28:19). After delivering the first sermon of The Church, Peter was asked by the audience, “What must we do?” His response demonstrates the importance of baptism when he says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). Baptism is practiced throughout the book of Acts, which is the book of the Bible that recounts the beginning of The Church.
Additionally, Romans 6:1-11 explains the symbolic power of baptism. Through baptism, we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Going under the water illustrates the death of our “old self” and coming up out of the water portrays the reality of our new life in Jesus.
We practice baptism by immersion at MCC. The word “baptize” is a Greek word meaning “to dip, dunk, submerge,” which was originally used to describe the act of submerging fabric in colored dye to change the color of a cloth. When Jesus was baptized, he is described as “coming up out of the water,” which indicates a full submersion.