The Meaning of Baptism
Baptism is a very important step in the life of a Christian. After someone has professed their faith in Jesus they ought to follow Him in baptism.
Baptism in the scriptures is done after someone puts their faith in Christ for salvation. It does not save anyone, but it is a outward symbol of what happens in the life of a believer at the time of salvation. You are immersed under the water, which symbolizes death, and raised back back up, which is a symbol of life (Romans 6:4). Before faith in Christ, we were dead because of the sin in our life. However, after belief, we were given new life from Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).
Christ commanded his disciples to be baptized in Matthew 28:18-20 and exemplified baptism in his own life in Mark 1:9. The importance of this symbol that Christ commands us to do might not seem radical in 21st Century American culture, but in the early church and even now around the world, it redefines the lines between families and communities. The act of baptism sets believers apart from the rest of the world, just as Christ has set apart His church.
Baptism at The Fields
At the Fields, we strive to adopt this biblical outlook on baptism. As we see people saved in our church, we want to affirm their faith in Christ and the Gospel, and urge them to be obedient in baptism. Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, but is necessary for those desiring to be members of The Fields by walking in obedience to God’s Word. We set apart time regularly on Sunday mornings for baptisms in the Y indoor pool. We invite our church to be a part of this celebration by gathering around the pool before or after the service!
If you would like to learn more or schedule a time to be baptized, email us.