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Baptism

Jesus instructs every believer to be baptized to illustrate the fact that they have committed to and are following Him.  Baptism displays the beginning of the Christian life.

Baptism is a celebration at Mobberly Baptist Church.  We baptize regularly, and encourage every believer to be obedient to Christ’s command in the Bible to be baptized.  Whether you are new to the Christian faith and have not yet been baptized, or have been a believer for months or years, but have never been baptized after your commitment to Christ, we encourage you to complete the process of baptism.

 

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about baptism, our baptism class or to schedule you for baptism in an upcoming Worship service.  Please contact Missy Bailey at 903.663.8401 or outreach@mobberly.org for additional information.

Who is Baptized?

Only those who have by their own free will put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who understand that baptism is a picture of what Christ has done in their lives.Those who are not ashamed to follow Jesus Christ.

“… to everyone who believes….” Romans 1:16
“Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4

When is Baptism Done?

As is the case in the New Testament, new believers should follow through with baptism as soon as they have trusted Jesus as their Savior.

“So those who accepted his message were baptized and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.” Acts 2:41”
“…The eunuch said, “Look’s there’s water! What would keep me from being baptized?” Acts 8:36

“A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening.  The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul. After she and the household were baptized …” Acts 16:14-15
“…right away he and all his family were baptized.” Acts 16:33

Because it is done after someone becomes a believer in Jesus Christ, it is called believer’s baptism. For this same reason, there is no biblical reason for infant baptism, because babies cannot “believe” in Jesus.

Why Should I be Baptized?

Jesus tells you to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…” Matthew 28:19. Baptism is your first step of obedience in following the Lord.  Jesus did and His followers did too.

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.” Mark 1:9
“So those who accepted His message were baptized…” Acts 2:41
“…both Phillp and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” Acts 8:38

Baptism is a picture of dying to your old way of life and being born again and raised to a new life.

“Therefore we were 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 walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4

Baptism shows others that you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior.  It is like married people wearing wedding rings as an outward sign of belonging to each other.  Or like a rancher who brands his cattle as an outward sign of ownership. 

“So those who accepted his message were baptized…”  Acts 2:41

What is Stopping You?

Philip shared the story of Jesus Christ with a man from Ethiopia in Acts 8:36.After the man believed in Jesus, he wanted to stop and be baptized right away.  If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you should ask the same question the Ethiopian asked,

“…Look, here is water, why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Are You Ready?

We would love to see you follow through with your faith in Christ by proclaiming that Jesus is your Lord through baptism.  This would be a great time of celebrating your new life in Jesus Christ. What a wonderful event to invite your family, friends, and co-workers to attend.  May God bless you as you follow our Lord!

Where is Baptism Done?

Baptism is observed in front of other followers of Christ wherever they gather.  A worship service is a great place for baptism.  Baptism is one of the two ordinances of the church; the Lord’s Supper is the other.

How is Baptism Done?

It is done by immersion, being covered by or submerged in water. The Greek word for baptism (baptizo) means “to immerse.” Going down into the water.

“…both Phillp and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” Acts 8:38

“John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized...” John 3:23

Being “buried” in water and then raised up from it.

“Therefore, we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4 “Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12

Coming out of the water. “As soon as He (Jesus) came up out of the water …” Mark 1:10

“When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:39

Attend the Baptism Class

The Baptism class helps those who are new believers and those who have never been baptized.  In one session you will learn the biblical reasons for and the process of baptism.  The class is offered every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. in the South Foyer Hospitality Room of the main Worship Center.  It is free and open to everyone.  Although we strongly urge you to be baptized after the class, you are under no obligation to be baptized that day.

To schedule your baptism and to reserve a spot in the baptism class, please contact Missy Bailey at 903.663.8401 or outreach@mobberly.org.

To schedule a baptism for children through 6th grade, parents are asked to call the Children's Ministry office at 903.663.7348 to schedule an appointment prior to baptism.

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