Baptisms are a huge deal at Anthem! They are a celebration of new life, a celebration of the finished work of Jesus Christ, and a public declaration of the work of the Spirit in our lives. It's a call to our family to come along side of us to help us grow, to guide us, to encourage, correct, rebuke, exhort and love us. For those who call themselves a Christian, and have not yet been baptized, this next date is a great time!
WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN?
The Bible presents baptism as an outward sign of faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus, declaring the believer’s faith in and identification with their crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism is a visible sermon of the gospel of Jesus Christ, identifying the Christian with his death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19–20; Rom. 6:1–11; 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 2:12).
HOW IS SOMEONE BAPTIZED?
The Greek word used for baptism in the New Testament, baptizo, means “to plunge, dip, or immerse in water.” For example, in the secular ancient Greek, this word was used to explain things such as the sinking of a ship that had been submerged in water. In baptism, the believer is immersed beneath the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We baptize Christians in the same way as Jesus: immersed in water and then brought up out of the water (Mark 1:10; Acts 8:34–39).
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
The New Testament consistently demonstrates that those who are baptized are people who have put their trust in Jesus and turned from sin. John the Baptizer called people to repentance before they were baptized (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3). Baptism is reserved solely for those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In addition, Jesus commanded that all Christians should be baptized (Matt. 28:19). His apostles also commanded that all Christians be baptized (Acts 2:38).
WHAT IF I WANT TO BE BAPTIZED?
There is no secret recipe for baptism. All you need is some water, a leader, and a love for Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Acts 8:36-37). At Anthem Ventura, we take advantage of being so close to the beach and baptize in the ocean! We bring as many friends and family as possible to join with the church to join in these celebrations.
If you'd like to be baptized with us, please fill out the form below! We look forward to walking you through this journey, and are SO EXCITED to celebrate Jesus through your baptism!