Baptism at Algonac Baptist Church
Jesus Christ gave the church two ordinances and commanded the church to observe them. An ordinance is a ceremony appointed by Christ to be practiced by the church as a visible sign of the saving truth of the Christian faith.
The Meaning of Baptism:
It is identification with Christ (Colossians 2:12).
It demonstrates our death, burial and resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:3-5).
It demonstrates, but does not bring salvation.
The Method of Baptism:
Jesus came up out of the water (Matthew 3:16).
When there was a baptism done in the Bible there was always much water (John 3:23).
Baptism was done by going down into the water (Acts 8:38).
The word “baptize” means “to submerge or immerse”. Sprinkling of babies or adults is not taught in the Bible.
The Motive for Baptism:
It is God’s command (Matthew 3:16).
Jesus told us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).
Baptism brings personal joy (Acts 8:37-39)
Baptism is Performed After Salvation:
Being saved comes first and then baptism by immersion is to follow. (Acts 8:37; 16:14, 33; 18:8).