Baptism is an Outward Demonstration of an Inner Change of the Heart Water baptism is a “public statement” that you have received Jesus Christ into your life and decided to live in obedience to Him. It is an outward demonstration of an inner change of the heart. It is a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Just as Christ died, was buried, then rose again, baptism symbolizes that you are ready to submit to God’s authority, give up your old way of life and receive a new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-11, Colossians 2:12).
All believers should be baptized. Jesus modeled baptism for his followers (Matthew 3:13-17). He commanded his disciples to baptize new believers (Matthew 28:19-20).The early church practiced water baptism in obedience to Christ (Acts 2:38-41).
Baptism opens up to the blessings God has promised to those who obey Him. It is important to realize there are some things baptism does not do. It does not make God love you more (John 3:16), save your soul (Ephesians 2:8-9), or take the place of repentance and confession (Acts 2:38).
The Greek word for “baptize” means to dip or fully immerse an object into a liquid. Historical situations and church traditions have brought us different methods of baptism such as sprinkling or pouring. However, the Biblical description of baptism indicates that the person stepped into the water, was totally immersed in the water, then came up out of the water (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:9,10, Acts 8:38, 39).
Many people were baptized or christened (usually a sprinkling of water) as a child. Some groups even hold that infant baptism brings the child into the family of God as a Christian. We understand that parents want God to have an influence in the life of their children, however there are no instances in the Bible where an infant was baptized. The requirements for baptism in Scripture were repentance and faith in Christ, which indicate that the person baptized must be old enough to make his or her own decision to follow Christ (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 8:37, Acts 16:29-32).
We look at what happened at the baptism of Jesus to learn what can happen for us when we follow the Lord in water baptism (Matthew 3:15-17).
AWARENESS: The heavens opened up. Often we are able to understand the working of God in a whole new dimension.
AUTHORITY: The Father spoke. By our obedience we declare that we are under the Father’s authority and are drawn into a closer intimate relationship with him.
ANOINTING: The Holy Spirit descended. The dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, descended on Jesus. Water baptism acknowledges that the Holy Spirit has come to live in us.
Baptisms will be during celebration services on the 4th weekend of each month. You can also be baptized in the ocean in August at the “Triple B” (Beach, BBQ & Baptism) at Oxnard State Beach.
• Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet (color is unimportant)
• Wear undergarments while being baptized
• Bring a towel and a change of clothes. When being immersed, hold your nose, close your mouth and hold your breath. Relax and let those baptizing immerse, assist, and lift you up.
The people baptizing you will recite what Jesus told his disciples: “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Believers in the early church baptized new converts “in the name of Jesus” or “into the name of Jesus” (Acts 2:28, Acts 10:48, Acts 19:5), in whom the fullness of God lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9).
For more information please contact the office at (805) 658-7646 ext. 18.