WATER BAPTISM: WHAT IS IT?
- A public declaration of your commitment to live a godly life through Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- An act of obedience: “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 John 2:3) “Go ye therefore 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…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
- An expression of your love for the Lord Jesus Christ. “The one who loves me is the one who keeps my commandments. The same shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)
HOW DOES ONE GET BAPTIZED?
Jesus was baptized by immersion in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). In order to be fully compliant with the Word of God, we are to be baptized by immersion, though not necessarily in the Jordan River.
Format: 1) Repent 2) Be baptized 3) Receive the Holy Spirit.
Act 2:37-38 “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied: Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Any baptism that precedes repentance is no baptism.
THE MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM
Water baptism symbolizes what the Lord Jesus did for you: He died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead. When you get baptized, you symbolically die to your old way of life and are raised from it to a new life in Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:3-4). Through water baptism, the new disciple is saying to the world, “I stand with Christ now. I believe His blood washes my sins away. I now live a new life for Him, by the power of the Christ dwelling in me.”
HOLY COMMUNION OR THE LORD’S SUPPER: THE BREAD AND THE WINE
The observance of the Lord’s Supper is a command to all His disciples “…do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
It symbolizes the body and the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you: do this in remembrance of me.’ (Luke 22:19) “Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:27-28)
The Holy Communion is a time of fellowship when believers partake of the bread and wine (the body and blood of Jesus Christ), remembering that they have been made one with Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection.
It also serves the purpose of proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes. However, one is not to partake in the Holy Communion any kind of way, “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks damnation on himself.” (1 Corinthiansn11:28-29).