On Sunday 10th November 2013 we had the joy of baptising Kenny Hassall, Pinque Chamberlain and Jessica Jennings. Baptisms at Fathers House are very much a family celebration where we all gather to share in this very special, life changing moment for those who are dear to us.
But why do we baptise? Clive explains;
Water baptism for believers is something which has been part of the church’s practice from the very beginning.
Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, he had ascended into heaven and the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples. Peter preached to a large crowd and three thousand were added to their number that day; the Christian church was born. All those who received Jesus Christ as their Saviour on that day were baptised (see Acts 2).
All through the Acts of the Apostles you will find that whenever people believed in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour they were baptised.
Baptism was not required for the Jewish nation until John the Baptist came along and said he had been sent from heaven to call them to repent and be baptised. (John 1:33) Jesus, along with all those who were baptised by John recognised that this was now a new requirement from God for them. Even Jesus said to John ‘Baptise me that all righteousness might be fulfilled’ (Matthew 3:13-15). The Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves not being baptised (Luke 7:29-30).
After Jesus’ life, death and resurrection he commanded that all who believed were to be baptised; that included both Jew and Gentile.
When anyone accepts Jesus and what he did for them on the cross, they are born again. Jesus said that their spiritual rebirth was absolutely essential for everyone who wanted to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 2:1-7). Jesus made it very clear that those who believed were to be baptised (Mark 16:6, Matthew 28:19).
Why do we get baptised?
The simple answer is that Jesus commanded it
When somebody gets baptised it always has been, and still is, a public act of identifying with Jesus Christ. It says to everyone ‘I am a follower of Him. I belong to him’. In many places in the world this act is such a clear statement of where the person stands spiritually that it results in persecution, or sometimes in martyrdom.
The New Testament writers liken baptism to the Exodus when the children of Israel came out of Egypt and went through the Red Sea.; the sea then closed in on the Pharoah’s armies. It was a clear picture of the Israelites being separated from the tyranny of slavery that they had been living under, so that they could start a new life. (1 Corinthians 10:1-2). The parallel for the believers is obvious.
Paul in Romans 6 says that going down into the water of baptism is a picture of our old way of life being buried. When we come up out of the water it’s a picture of us being spiritually resurrected to a whole new way of life.
Baptism is clearly a very significant and important step for believers. Well done to all those who recently were baptised.
Here are some more photos and video clips of Kenny, Jessica and Pinques baptisms;