BAPTISM ILLUSTRATES CHRIST’S DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION
Colossians 2:12 “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.“
IT ILLUSTRATES MY NEW LIFE AS A CHRISTIAN
Romans 6:4 "By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead...so also we may live a new life!"
* Baptism does not make you a believer — it shows you already believe.
Baptism…Who should do it? And When?
EVERY PERSON WHO HAS BELIEVED IN CHRIST SHOULD BE BAPTIZED.
Acts 2:41 "Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized..."
* At SCC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
YOU SHOULD BE BAPTIZED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE…NO REASON TO DELAY!
Acts 8:35-38 "Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ’Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ’If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ’I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him."
YOUR FAMILY MAY BE BAPTIZED TOGETHER
If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.