Once a quarter (or sooner ) Awakening Movement makes a big deal about people who want the world to know about their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. At our baptism celebrations we affirm, recognize, and celebrate personal commitments of faith in Jesus demonstrated by their public announcement through baptism.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the public celebration announcing your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. At Awakenings Movement we affirm that baptism (your public celebration of your faith in Jesus) comes after ones focused commitment of their lives to Jesus.
What Baptism isn’t:
Baptism does not save you: this means that it doesn’t purchase your way to heaven, assure you of a personal relationship with Jesus, and does not wash away your sins. Baptism is in obedience to Christ.
Why Do It?
Because Jesus did it. (Matthew 3: 13-17) ”Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Because Jesus commands those who have placed their faith in him to do it in loving obedience. (Matthew 28:18-20) “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
How to do it?
Followers of Jesus in the Bible where plunged into water. (Acts 8:35-38) ‘Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”
The original word in Bible for baptized is “Baptiszo” and it’s specific meaning is “to immerse in a body of water.”
Being plunged into water is symbolic in two ways:
It symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
It symbolizes your death to sin and your new life in Jesus. (Romans 6:3-4) “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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.”
When To Do It?
Followers of Jesus in the Bible were baptized right after making a focused commitment of their lives to Jesus. (Acts 16:29-33) “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.”
To Sum it All Up
Awakening’s baptism celebration is a celebration of what God is doing in your spiritual journey. It is an act of loving obedience to Jesus that marks a point in your spiritual road where you know Jesus has changed your life, has forgiven all of your sins, and you are following Him for the rest of your life!
Our next Baptism Celebration is Sunday, April 1, 2012. Please email Diallo Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.