Baptism is an ancient Christian practice, instituted by Jesus himself. Jesus’ last words before ascending into Heaven were 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. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Baptism is a celebration that is meant to closely accompany the moment that anyone places their trust in Christ for salvation. It is a way to publicly declare, commemorate, and celebrate the new life that has been given to us through faith in Christ. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Baptism represents our old life dying, and our new life beginning. It is also a remembrance of the fact that Jesus died and was buried in the ground, and rose to new life on the third day. Through Baptism we are vividly reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, and the new life that we now have because of him.
Romans 6:4 says it this way: 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.
If you have placed your trust in Christ, you should be baptized as soon as you can. We will hold Baptisms at Real Hope every couple months, so please let us know if you would like to be baptized. We will get in touch with more details so that you can invite family and friends to celebrate with you.