BECAUSE IT’S A BIG DEAL PERIOD.
One of our key beliefs about baptism is that it is a visible picture of a spiritual reality. When someone comes to understand the truth of the Gospel; they have come to understand this “spiritual reality.” They understand that Christ lived the life you and I should have lived and died the death you and I deserved to die. They understand it and want to follow Him in discipleship. The first step of obedience in discipleship is baptism. In the book of Acts, Phillip is sharing the gospel in Samaria and in Acts 8:12 it states:
“But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (ESV)
The Apostle Paul said it like this in Romans 6:3-4:
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (ESV)
At Mercy Hill, we ask someone that is being Baptized two questions. The first is “Do you believe Jesus has done everything necessary for your salvation?” Baptism symbolizes one’s identification with Christ in His death and resurrection. So, when someone steps in to the baptismal waters they are proclaiming that their old life has died with Jesus on the cross and that they are being raised into a whole new life of service to Him. So in this proclamation we ask them the second question, “Will you go where He says go and do what He says do?”
Ultimately, baptism is a big deal at Mercy Hill because it is all about Christ! It is about His glory, His power, and the Gospel! We are celebrating Christ and we always will. This Sunday, you too can make a big deal about Christ and take that first step of discipleship in baptism. We will be prepared with all that you need, so come ready to proclaim what He has done in your life through the Gospel by being baptized.
-Paul Howington (First Impressions/Elder Candidate)
Interested in getting baptized? We’re baptizing in all of our services on April 17th!
Sign up here: www.mercyhillgso.com/baptism