The Big Picture
Baptism marks a decision that each of us makes to surrender our lives to God and follow Jesus. We have opportunities to be baptized during our Sunday morning and Monday evening services as well as our annual Baptism at the Lake for those who prefer to be baptized outdoors. A commitment to Jesus Christ is the only requirement for baptism at Curtis Lake. Our next scheduled baptism is Baptism at the Lake, August 28, 2016.
Baptism does not provide salvation for an individual, but rather serves to identify publicly the individual as a follower of Christ. In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48, the act of baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ’s death—and a believer’s death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer’s new life in Christ.
Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ that follows an individual’s acceptance of salvation by God’s grace alone. Baptism isn’t a prerequisite for salvation; however, if an inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of that commitment—baptism—should follow, as is modeled throughout the New Testament in the lives of those choosing to follow Christ.
If the purpose of baptism is to publicly identify a believer in Jesus Christ, you may well be asking yourself, “What was the significance of my baptism as a baby?” In the New Testament, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told His disciples to welcome them. But He did not baptize them, and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation.
If you were baptized as a child, it was the intent of your parents that you would one day be a follower of Christ. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. It in no way repudiates the baptism you received as a child.
Once someone professes faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the Bible says they should proclaim the life change that has occurred—the watching world needs to know. Baptism has always stood as a public testimony for people who have become believers in Christ.
Believers are those who have realized that their sins have separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through their own good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for his or her salvation.
If you have come to this point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized. Let the miracle that has happened in you show through the sacrament He ordained for you.
Watch one of our Baptism Series
Every person baptized at Curtis Lake comes in and records their story of how God is changing their life. Here are some questions to help you prepare for your video shoot.
- When was it that you came to understand and believe that Jesus Christ was your Lord and Savior?
- What your life like before you came to Christ?
- How God came into your life? If you’d like, include a person or the people who were instrumental in helping you explore and come to faith?
- How is your life different now that Christ has become part of your life?
- What does it mean for you to be baptized?
- Any other thoughts or encouragement for others?
We encourage everyone being baptized to read this daily devotion the week prior to their baptism. The daily devotion takes only a few minutes and will help build anticipation and understanding of this important next step. You can also download a hard copy here.
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