One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (Ephesians 4:5)
What is baptism?
Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ.
Why? We are called to be baptized as an outward symbol of the internal reality already taken place in our new life in Christ. Baptism uniquely symbolizes the believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-5).
How does baptism relate to salvation? Baptism is not a means to salvation; this comes through faith in Jesus and the gift of God’s extravagant grace (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16). However, baptism plays a vital role in our first act of commitment and profession of our faith in Christ. We subscribe to baptism by immersion as it vividly depicts the reality of new life in Christ.
Who should be baptized? We practice believer’s baptism (Acts 2:38, 8:12). For the purposes of MBC Membership, If you were baptized as an infant, we would ask that you be baptized as a mindful believer. A candidate for baptism should be able to:
- Communicate the gospel as well as an expression of faith in Jesus Christ.
- Show evidence of godly sorrow over sin and repentance which leads to the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22-23)
- Demonstrate a willingness to turn away from worldly things and live a life abiding and celebrating God’s commands, His testimony about his Son Jesus and loving others as God loves us. (1 John 2:15-17; 5:1-12, Matt. 22:37-39).
How do I give my baptism testimony? On the day of your baptism you are asked to give a testimony to affirm your faith in Jesus. Then you will be lowered into then back out of the water by the pastor. Video testimonies are preferred.
- Please make an appointment to have us video your testimony in advance.
- To prepare, please write out your answers to these questions and rehearse them for your video testimony.
For your convenience please utilizes the following testimony worksheet as a guide to help build your testimony for the service.