We believe baptism is God’s promise to do something for you.
To explain how, we should start by explaining that the word baptize simply means to wash. Like, to wash the dishes or to wash your hands. So there’s nothing magical about the word; it’s just an ordinary word. There’s also nothing magical about the water; it’s just ordinary water.
But the promises and commands Jesus attaches to baptism are anything but ordinary.
Jesus promised that baptism is being “reborn of the spirit” (Jn. 3:4-6), an entrance into your new life. Jesus also described it as a mark of His followers with the promise that, “whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk. 16:16).
Early Christians talked about baptism with a lot of different images. They talked about baptism as a promise of entrance into the Church (1 Cor. 12:3). Or the promise of entrance into the family of God (Gal. 3:26-27). They saw your baptism as a promise to be buried with Jesus into His death so you could rise with Jesus in His life (Rom 6:4). Another early church leader declared baptism now saves you, with the promise of a clean conscience before God (1 Pet. 3:20-22).
These promises are why we think baptism isn’t so much what we do for God, but something that God does for us. In fact, on the day the Church started, 3,000 new followers of Jesus were baptized immediately because “the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:38-40).
With such great promises attached to baptism, it makes sense that Jesus would urge His Church to, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 28:19). So we talk about baptism a lot because we take Jesus’ baptism promises and Jesus’ baptism commands to heart.
If you have yet to be baptized, or if you have more questions about baptism, please contact us.