Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
Where will this happen: Cleona Community Park ( 251 S Garfield St, Cleona, PA 17042)
When: Saturday, August 26th. We will be having a celebration meal with this event so the time is from 4-8 p.m.)
What you need to bring with you: Please bring a change of clothes (you are welcome to wear a bathing suit (we will provide a shirt that we ask you wear and for ladies we ask that you wear shorts over your suit along with the shirt provided) We will be baptizing in a creek, so if you do not prefer to be barefoot, you are welcome to bring along an extra pair of old shoes or flip flops.
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The word “baptism” is a verb that means: to dip, immerse. So outward expression of our commitment to making Jesus Lord of our life process is the following: you stand in water and allow another believer to lower you under the water and then bring you back up out of the water. So what this act symbolizes is what is described in Romans 6:1-11, where the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So going under the water represents Christ’s death – and a believer’s death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer’s new life in Christ.
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Being baptized does not save you, it is an outward act that reflects the decision you have made. As a believer you have acknowledged that your sin separated you from God. You have given up all efforts to reach God through their own good works or religious activity. You have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for your sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between you and God. You have chosen Christ alone for your salvation.
Other scriptures that demonstrate a believer’s decision to be baptized after making a decision to trust in Jesus Christ along for salvation: Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47-48.
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At Lifeway, because we believe it is a decision that a person is making for themselves, we ask for a person to be of an age where they fully understand the outward act they are taking. Proverbs 20:25 says “It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows.” So if a child is asking to be baptized we are committed to partner with parents and make sure this decision is the child’s and that they understand why they are wanting to be baptized before we proceed.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us: email@example.com
(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cleona Community Park
251 S Garfield St, Cleona, PA 17042