July 21, 2019
11:30am – 12:00pm
Location: 19 SW 1st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601Category: Baptism
City Church is hosting a baptism celebration on July 21st. Interested in participating or just want to know more about baptism? Check out this segment from City Church's Baptism Workbook in order to learn more about the meaning of baptism and why it's important. If you want to see the entire baptism workbook, please request a copy.
Interested in participating in our July 21st celebration? Contact the church for more information.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is an Act of Obedience: Both Jesus and the apostles commanded that believers should be baptized (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38).
Baptism is an Act of Representation: Baptism depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the cleansing and newness of life that occurs upon belief in Him (Rom. 6:3-4, 1 Pet. 3:21).
Baptism is an Act of Identification: Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:11-12)
Baptism is an Act of Declaration: Baptism stands as a public testimony; being an outward confession of an inward salvation that has occurred through belief in the Lord Jesus.
Baptism Spiritually Fortifies God’s People: Baptism takes place within the church for the blessing of God’s people (Christians). This strengthening grace is imparted to Christians who already have authentic faith. Scripture describes baptism within the context of some spiritual change, so baptism is not “merely” symbolic (cf. Acts 2:38, Col. 2:12).
Baptism is an Initiation into the Church/Christian Unity: In the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20), Jesus commands baptism for the church. Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 12:13 speaks of Christians being baptized into one body to drink of one spirit.