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“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism is a very special moment on the journey of faith and is part of our Core Beliefs. It is a moment when God's presence and blessing meets us, and it is a moment when we make our personal commitment of faith in Jesus as Lord.
Normally baptism takes place by full immersion in water as part of a public act of worship. It signifies the end of our old life and of being born again to new life in Christ. It speaks of repentance and cleansing, of being united with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of witnessing to the call of God upon our lives. As the Apostle Paul says, 'We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.' (Romans 6:3,4)
The vast majority of Christian churches affirm baptism as a moment when we receive God's gift and respond in faith, but not all practice believer's baptism. We only baptize those who can make their own, personal commitment to Christian discipleship and because of this we do not baptize infants.
Exploring Baptism provides the opportunity to discuss in a small group what our fellowship believes concerning baptism, including the method we use, why we don’t baptize infants and of utmost importance our understanding of what the Bible teaches concerning baptism. Ideal for those who have recently come to faith and mature Christians of other traditions who want to understand our beliefs and approach, Exploring Baptism runs for 5 weeks and is a pre-requisite to anyone wishing to be baptized.
If you think you would benefit from attending this group then please contact the Minister.