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Water baptism is an outward show of an inward change. For the believer in Jesus, it is stating that you are no longer a sinner but now you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It generally is done after you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
There are two things you should know about Water Baptism. They are:
1. Water baptism symbolizes a believer's death to sin.
Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose and lives again. By proclaiming His message, we're identifying ourselves with Him. Romans 6:4 says we have been buried with Him through baptism into death. We’re now dead to the power of sin.
It is said that “If you go under water, you can’t breathe”. Water Baptism is a picture of death and the grave. As you go down into the water, you are symbolizing your death to sin.
2. Water Baptism symbolizes a believer's resurrection in Christ.
Being raised up out of the water expresses our new life in Christ and our union with Him. Our heavenly Father physically raised Jesus from the dead and gave Him life. And He's done the same for us spiritually. Our unbelieving family and friends need to “see” this message in our life.
Baptism is also a public declaration of our faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and in our own future resurrection. After appearing on earth, Jesus ascended into heaven to take His rightful place at His Father’s side. Someday we’ll receive a resurrection body and live forever with Him.
We generally have two Water Baptism Services a year. Once the Water Baptism Service date is set, an announcement will be made over the pulpit. Prior to the actual Water Baptism Service, the candidate to be baptized must attend at least one of the two classes held prior to the Baptism Service. The classes are held on the Tuesday and Thursday prior to the Friday night service.
A Deacon or Deaconess will instruct you as to the attire you will need to wear for the Water Baptism Service.
If you would like to be baptized and you are a member of Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church that is 12 years old and above, you may either complete the form listed below or call the church office at 215-329-5140 with your request. A Deacon or Deaconess will contact with more information.