Baptism

Why do we perform baptisms?

We baptize because Christ commanded us to do so. Before Jesus left earth and went to heaven, He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20).

What does the word baptism mean?

For Christians, baptism in water signifies the spiritual reality of being “placed into” and “identified with” Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). and places us into Christ’s body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). Baptism is the outward physical testimony of an inner spiritual reality.

Our word “baptism” comes from the Greek language of the New Testament. It has two meanings, one literal and the other figurative. Literally, the word refers to dipping or immersion. Figuratively, the word means identification.

Is baptism really necessary?

Baptism does not “wash away our sins;” it is the result of repentance. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. The only way to salvation is personal trust in Jesus Christ (John 1:12; 3:16), and we believe that salvation is only possible because of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8,9).

Why does Waverley only practice baptism by immersion?

This is the recognized meaning of the word “baptize” and it was practiced this way in the New Testament times (by John the Baptist and in the early church). More significantly, only this mode of baptism adequately pictures our identification with Christ’s death and resurrection.

What about those who were baptized by some other means?

Being baptized is both a personal and a public act. As a personal act, your baptism, by whatever means, was likely a significant step in your journey of faith. To be baptized again by immersion is not a reflection against that previous step, nor a statement that it was somehow inadequate. Your baptism by immersion is your opportunity to publicly demonstrate to this group of believers (in the form they understand) that you have been identified with Christ in His death and resurrection.

Who should be baptized?

In scripture, baptism always follows conversion. Only those who have been baptized by the Spirit of God should be baptized in water. That is why we do not baptize infants.

When is the next baptism?

If you’d like to get baptized or learn more about baptism, please contact us by email at info@waverleychurch.ca or call 204-261-8013.