Baptism, Jesus, and You
When Jesus began his public ministry, He was baptized by John the Baptist. In His parting instructions to His disciples, Jesus said to share the good news of the gospel and then baptize those that choose to follow Him. If you are interested in taking this next step in your own journey of faith, we would love to talk with you. To schedule a baptism, contact us at email@example.com. Here are a few questions you might have before taking this step…
What is it?
Baptism is a symbol of choosing to become a follower of Jesus. It does not have any power beyond the power that comes from being obedient to Christ. It is demonstrating to others that you have died to sin and you are now alive because of Jesus. You are saying to those around you, I have been forgiven by the grace of Jesus and I now belong to Him and will walk in His ways.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4
Why do we do it?
As with many things from the Bible, we do it because Jesus told us to. It can be a very freeing experience as you physically act out what Christ is doing inside of your heart.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19
What if you don’t ever get baptized?
We are often asked if you have to be baptized to be saved. The answer is always, no. Baptism is never a prerequisite for experiencing God’s grace.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:9–11
The better question is to ask yourself, ‘Why not?’ If you have experienced the life giving grace from being forgiven for your sins and you believe that Jesus was tortured and murdered to secure that for you, why would you not tell others about this grace and your decision to follow Him? You are living in grace now and THAT is cause for celebration!
Am I more accountable if I get baptized?
This is another question we often receive. Since baptism doesn’t make you more or less saved, it doesn’t make you any more or less accountable to God. God knows your heart and baptism doesn’t change that. You do have to take your faith seriously to be a follower and that does mean letting other people know that you are attempting to live your life following the example of Jesus. That does take guts. We desire to be a community that will celebrate this decision with grace and not just accountability.
How do I sign up to be baptized?
If you are ready for this next step in your journey of faith, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our staff members will contact you shortly!
Becoming a Member
To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every Christian is part of the church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship and church membership are all relationships of accountability.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organization members are consumers — the organization exists to serve them. The church of Christ is a completely different community — membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. At Journey, we take seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.
If you are interested in becoming a member, join us for one of our “Meet the Pastors” events immediately following worship. We normally hold this event on the first Sunday of each month and it generally lasts about 15 minutes. If you are interested in baptism or membership, complete the form below and someone will contact you.