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What's the Point of Baptism?

When I was in college, I pledged for a Christian fraternity. As part of our pledging process, we were required to do some fairly interesting acts of initiation. Many times throughout the three month process of pledging, we wondered if there was any point to such things as: never stepping on the piece of red carpet that was unavoidably in the middle of our house, always running as fast as we could to shake member’s hands no matter how far across campus they were, or carrying extremely heavy swords with us to class. There was quite a bit of mystery to these acts of initiation.
 
Although much less awkward than my fraternity shenanigans, the act of Baptism can leave some folks scratching their heads as to what baptism has to do with being part of the family of God. Whether you’re a head scratcher or have a pretty good idea about why we should be baptized, it’s clear that Jesus commanded us to do it (see Matthew 28:19). So, what’s the point?   

Baptism paints a picture that reminds us of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. It also shows how we have died to sin and are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

Our being lowered into the water represents the death of our old nature. As we are raised from the water, this displays the rise of our new cleansed nature. In Romans 6:4 we read “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” You’ll hear our pastor say as you are baptized, “Buried in the likeness of his death. Raised to live a new life!” Baptism reminds us in a pictorial way of what Jesus did for us and how it can change our lives today.
 
If you’ve never been baptized, or were baptized in a way that didn’t represent your current convictions, we invite you to obey this important command of Jesus! Baptism is a great way to declare your faith convictions to family, friends and especially the Lord. Through this deeply symbolic act, you are proclaiming to those around you that Jesus has forgiven you and is making you new!
 
Now that you understand more, what do you say? Are you going to be baptized at our upcoming baptism? If so, you can count on your church family cheering you on every step of the way!
 
Our next Baptism is on May 20 at 5pm, at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. If you do plan to get baptized, let us know and our pastors will reach out to you soon!
 
Raised to live a new life!
 
Josh Howlett
Community Pastor