"Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins."
(Matthew 3:5-6 KJV)
In the Holy Bible, baptism is first introduced in Matthew 3:1-6 when John the Baptist began his ministry as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He baptized by completely emerging them in water. John preached a simple message to the Jews (Mathew 3:2) that they were to repent of their sins in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom, which meant the appearance of the Messiah. Matthew 3:13-17 records that Jesus, himself, came down to the Jordan River and was baptized by John.
Our Awesome God has given us a Believer's baptism which is taught in the New Testament as being a symbol or a picture of what has happened in the life of a person who by faith has believed in Jesus Christ, repented of his sins and been saved by His grace. It is an illustration of what has taken place in the new believer's heart, which cannot be outwardly observed when a person is saved. It needs to be done publicly for all to see and understand that this person is now one of God's children. Baptism is further a testimony by which new Christians give public testimony that they have believed in Jesus Christ and have been born again to follow Him and His teachings.
There are several aspects of baptism:
1) BAPTISM IS A "PICTURE" OF THE GOSPEL THAT PICTURES THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.
2) BAPTISM IS NOT NECESSARY FOR A PERSON TO BE SAVED AND BORN AGAIN.
3) BAPTISM ALWAYS FOLLOWS BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST AS ONE'S SAVIOR AND IS IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS INSTRUCTIONS.
Through baptism the new convert is testifying, identifying himself as a Christian and choosing to become a member of a local New Testament church. Our Awesome God wants us to identify ourselves with a local New Testament Church that, like ours, preaches and teaches the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV). Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and there is more during the week. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill