To put it simply, Baptism is asking God to do for you, what no one else can - wash you clean. It is the way God instructs us to receive his free gift of Grace through Christ.
Questions about baptism that you may be asking yourself:
- Have you been baptized?
- What have you heard about baptism?
- What does your family say about baptism?
- What have you heard that Northeast says about baptism?
- Do you think baptism is important? Why/Why not?
- Why do you suppose Northeast approaches baptism, as well as other topics, different than other churches?
What Northeast believes about baptism:
- Baptism is by immersion. The Greek word for “baptize” means “to dip, plunge, immerse”
- Baptism is a question. It is a question/request asking God to do for you what no one else can – wash you clean. It is the way God instructs us to receive his free gift of Grace through Christ.
- Read: Matthew 3:1-6; 1 Peter 3:20b-21
- Baptism is an association. In baptism, you’re associating yourself with Jesus and thus entering his family.
- Read: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 19:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
- Baptism is a personal decision. It is something that each person can, and should decide for himself or herself. This is why we do not baptize infants.
- Read: Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:4-13
- Baptism is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to participate in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Read: Romans 6:1-11
- Baptism can happen anytime, anyplace, and by anyone previously immersed. It isn’t reserved for Sunday’s, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be in public.
- In the early church (recorded in the book of Acts), everyone was baptized, usually when they initially converted/decided.
- Read: Galatians 3:26-29; Colossians 2:6-12; Hebrew 6:1-3