Is Bapitsm your next step?
At Northeast, we believe bapitsm is a witness to the world that you’re ready to declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior!
BAPTISM – FAQ
Q – Who should be baptized?
A – Anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Q – When should one be baptized?
A – When the Holy Spirit prompts. The pattern we see in the New Testament is immediately upon conversion to Jesus.
Q – What age should one be baptized?
A – When you understand that you’re ready to make Jesus your Lord and Savior.
Q – Why be baptized and not simply sprinkled?
A – In the New Testament, the word for baptism means to submerge under the water.
Q – I was baptized as an infant, do I need to do a believer’s baptism?
A – Yes, this is a step of making your faith your own.
Q – Can I schedule a private baptism?
A – Yes, we can arrange a private baptism for you or you can be baptized in our Sunday services.
Why Do Christians Baptize?
Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Everywhere the gospel is preached and people are drawn to faith in Christ, they are to be baptized.
Christian baptism is one of two ordinances that Jesus instituted for the church. Just before His ascension, Jesus said, “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). These instructions specify that the church is responsible to teach Jesus’ word, make disciples, and baptize those disciples. These things are to be done everywhere (“all nations”) until “the very end of the age.” So, if for no other reason, baptism has importance because Jesus commanded it.
Christian baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of sanctification.”
Very simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord after salvation; although baptism is closely associated with salvation, it is not a requirement to be saved.
Jesus Example in Baptism…
But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. (Matt 3:15)
Jesus’ baptism also showed that He identified with sinners. His baptism symbolized the sinners’ baptism into the righteousness of Christ, dying with Him and rising free from sin and able to walk in the newness of life. His perfect righteousness would fulfill all the requirements of the Law for sinners who could never hope to do so on their own. When John hesitated to baptize the sinless Son of God, Jesus replied that it was proper to “fulfill all righteousness.” By this He alluded to the righteousness that He provides to all who come to Him to exchange their sin for His righteousness
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)