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BAPTISM

 

BAPTISM IS AN ORDINANCE OF THE LORD

At El Shaddai FGC we believe that baptism is a command, and ordinance, of the Lord Jesus (by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit) to be performed in making disciples until Christ returns at the end of the age.  (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:38; 10:46-48; 19:1-6)

 

BAPTISM EXPRESS UNION WITH CHRIST

(Rom 6:3) Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  (Rom 6:4) We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. 

  • Faith is the means by which we are united to Christ and justified.  But we show, say, signify and symbolize this faith – with the act of baptism.
  • In baptism, by faith, we are united with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
  • Baptism dramatically portrays what happened spiritually when you received Christ: Your old self of unbelief and rebellion and idolatry died, and a new you of faith and submission and treasuring Christ came into being.
  • The burial of the old life means the cutting off of the past.  (Rom 6:4-7).  Acts 2:38-39 also teaches us that baptism is the separation between the old and the new life.  (Also read 1 John 1:7,9; 1 Pet 3:21; Acts 8:36-38).
  • We are commanded to put to death or put aside any aspect of the old self that might appear in our lives.  (Col 3:5, 8.  Read Col 3)
  • The overcoming life begins with death of the old sinful nature that is crucified and buried with Christ symbolically through the water baptism.  This is an outward sign of what already happened inside your heart. (Col 2:11-15)
  • Every Christian experience a death to sin, a death to their old life and old nature and then a resurrection to a new life in Christ. (Rom 6:8-11) You are now alive for the things of God and your relation to sin is broken.
  • A prerequisite to live a life of victory is to sanctify yourself which means to be clean, dedicated and purified.  (Rom 6:12-13)  This means that sin no longer has a hold on you. You are full of God, walk in His will, don't compromise with sin, don't covet, and are totally committed to Christ.

BAPTISM IS IMMERSION IN WATER

  • The word baptism in Greek means dip or immerse. (Rom 6:3-4)
  • This is most naturally understood to mean that you are buried under water and then come out from the water to signify rising from the grave.

BAPTISM IS IN THE TRINITARIAN NAME

  • (Matthew 28:19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
  • There is a holy appeal to God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to be present in this act and make it true and real in what it says about their work in redemption.
  • There is no salvation without the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

BAPTISM IS FOR BELIEVERS ONLY

  • Baptism is an expression of the faith of the one being baptized and therefore only for believers. 
  • Thus not for unbelievers or infants.

SO BAPTISM IS IMPORTANT

  • It was uncompromisingly commanded by the Lord Jesus.
  • It was universally administered to Christians entering the early church.
  • It was uniquely connected to conversion as an unrepeatable expression of saving faith.

 

After baptism, it is important to be involved in the congregation. Attend a Discipleship Group, get involved in spiritual ministries and the mission of the church to enable growth in your spiritual life and discipleship.  (Rom 10:17; Rom 6:13) 

 

If you would like to find out more on taking this important NEXT STEP. We’d love to help you.  Please give your name at the NEXT STEP KIOSK on Sunday or contact us via our website at www.taniab.co.za.  You will find plenty resources on our website to help you in your walk of faith. 


Baptisms are very intentional for us. We want it to be a memorable and meaningful event.  We interview those who are being baptised because of their faith as it is a public declaration of a new association with Christ.

 

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Whether you’re hungry or hurt, lonely or lost, full of questions, or looking for a place to call home, there is a place for you here.  Our church is full of people wanting to grow closer to God and make a difference with their lives.  Our hope is that you will become part of the El Shaddai Family of God.

 

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