"Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." – Acts 2:37
If you are a Christian and have never been baptized, this is your opportunity! We will be having an informational meet up for those who are interested on March 18 and 25.
Then on April 1, Easter Sunday, we will be doing baptisms!
What is Baptism?
Baptism in Jesus' time was a pretty common cultural practice. When people converted to Judaism and wanted to become Jews they would baptize them. And then there were baptisms for all kinds of stuff, whether it was just washing up for meals or for other religious purifications.
The whole thing is all about this... water is a natural cleansing agent. That's why most of us take showers regularly and wash our hands. Water makes us clean. In the Bible water is a symbol for spiritual cleansing. We don't just get physically dirty but spiritually dirty. Sin which is our living apart from God, living for ourselves, seeking and enjoying things we know we shouldn't makes our spirit or our soul dirty.
The message of the gospel is that Jesus cleanses us. He takes all of the dirt onto himself on the cross so that we can be forgiven and wiped clean and renewed into a right relationship with God. When that happens in us Jesus says to get baptized to seal the deal. Not because the physical washing of the water actually does anything for us spiritually, but because it's an outward picture or demonstration of what he has done for us spiritually.
Believers in Jesus throughout the ages have been baptized as a sign of their love and commitment to him. Being baptized is powerful experience.