Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Your public baptism shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. The act of baptism shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
As parents, our role is to help point our children to Jesus. But, they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Baptism should follow a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At The Rock Church, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling, and other ways of baptizing?Rock Church Admin2020-10-14T14:05:48-04:00
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16,Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).