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//Last Baptism: Sunday June 28th

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Water Baptism at Newsong

The first story in the Gospel of Mark about Jesus is his baptism. The very last thing He did was to give His followers the direction to make disciples and baptize them. One of the best accounts of the early Christian church, Acts, contains many examples of water baptism. In fact, as soon as someone makes a decision to follow Jesus, they start looking for water. Water baptism was integral to Jesus and His followers.

There are varying views on baptism in the Christian church today. Newsong sees baptism as a necessary sacrament to be practiced by the church, but we allow for some disagreement between sincere believers. At Newsong, we desire to follow the biblical model for baptism.

Please read our veiws on baptism below, and if you are interested in being baptized or have any questions, please contact Pastor Jeff at 704-451-1212.

Why should I be water baptized?

1 To be obedient

You should be water baptized in order to be obedient to Jesus Christ. We are commanded to be baptized as one of our first acts of surrender to Jesus. Baptism should be an urgent priority for the disciples of Jesus.

You do not need to be baptized to be saved. Water baptism is an outward work of obedience to Jesus Christ after a person’s individual decision to repent and trust him for salvation. We are firmly committed to the sufficiency of faith in the blood of Christ alone for salvation. No work of any human can enhance the work of Christ on the cross.

2 To be a witness

Baptism in water is the outward sign of the inward work of God’s grace. It is an opportunity to profess your belief in Jesus and your commitment to follow Him. In the early church, it was a way in which disciples were identified.

3 To be symbolic

Symbolize your cleansing from sin

One of the terms used to indicate that a person had repented or turned away from sin was “washed from their sin.” the waters of baptism symbolize the inward spiritual reality of the cleansing of our conscience, not the cleansing of the body from dirt.

4 Symbolize your union with Jesus

The act of baptism—being immersed under the water and coming up out of the water—is a picture of what happens to you spiritually. Being immersed in water and coming up out of the water symbolizes the fact that we have died to our sin, and have began a new life. This identifies us with Jesus as He died, was buried and was resurrected from the dead.

How should I be water baptized?

We believe it should be full immersion for two reasons:

People got in the water when they were baptized in the NT

The Greek word for baptism means to wash, to dip or to dye.

While the bible doesn’t prescribe how much water has to be used, a full on washing also best symbolizes how Jesus washes us completely. We will baptize by immersion unless there are other extreme circumstances that would compel us otherwise (physical handicap, sickness, etc.).

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you become a Christian. Again, people in the bible were saved and immediately looked for some water. We don’t get baptized to be a Christian, we get baptized because we are a Christian.

Should I be baptized again?

We believe that Christ followers should only be baptized once. There are some instances in which being baptized again would be appropriate.

If your baptism was merely a religious ritual conducted before you had a personal relationship with Jesus, or if the church was outside the mainstream, then we would encourage you to be validly water baptized for the first time.

If you were baptized as a very young person and the choice was not your own. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment. We believe that no one can make that commitment for you. At Newsong we dedicate babies to God, but we would not baptize anyone unless they were able to convey the significance and meaning of what they were doing.

If you were baptized or sprinkled as an infant, give thanks to your parents for their heart to bless you spiritually. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. In no way does it disaffirm the baptism you received as a child.

Bible references: Mark 1:9-11; Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:19: Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1Peter 3:21; Romans 6:1-4; Acts 2:41;8:12;10:47-48.

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