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Three Reasons We Are Baptized

To follow the example set by Jesus and the New Testament Church

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist sanctioning baptism as a New Testament practice. (Acts 2:41) "So then, those who had received His word (the message of the gospel) were baptized; and that day there were added about 3000 souls. Many of us were dedicated as children, and that is a good thing. However, in the New Testament, baptism is post decision (after we accept Christ)

To demonstrate a changed life

(Romans 6:4) "We were buried with Him by the baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, so we too might live and behave in newness of life" In other words baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in us symbolizing that we have laid down our old life and are living a new life in Christ.

Baptism is a public declaration the Jesus is our Lord.

(Mathew 10:22-32) "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." Some say that baptism is like the wedding band of Christianity. Having a wedding band does not make me married, but it does show that I am married. It signifies that I have made a decision to be joined and committed to one person.

We're so proud of each and everyone of you that you have made a decision to follow Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life. Now you are following Him in baptism and going public with your faith. I believe this will be a powerful moment this weekend. I encourage you to continue to pray and ask God to use your life in a great way, to invite others to your baptism ceremony this weekend to continue growing in the Lord by staying connected to the local church. The enemy will do anything and everything he can to isolate us from other believers. The Bible says don't forsake the assembling of yourself together. Proverbs says as iron sharpens and encouragement for our daily lives. I encourage you not only to continue to attend the weekend services but to get involved in one of our small groups being offered this weekend.

For the harvest,

Pastor Mark

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