Baptism and the New Believer
At First Christian Church we strongly affirm that everyone who desires to confess Jesus as their Lord (Romans 10:9-10) should “repent and be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And…receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). “Repentance” means turning away from your sinful past and deliberately pursuing a holy life as only found in faith in Jesus (e.g., 1 Peter 1:13-16).
Baptism is a public act by which the church proclaims God’s grace, as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through the use of a visible sign of God’s gracious initiative and the human individual’s response in faith. With other Christians we affirm that baptism is at once a divine gift and a human response.
The meaning of baptism is grounded in God’s redemptive action in Christ, it incorporates the believer in the community in the body of Christ, and it anticipates life in the coming age when the powers of the old world will be overcome, and the purposes of God will triumph.
Just as the baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ (see Romans 6). Those who founded the Disciples movement taught baptism by immersion as the accepted form. (From “Word to the Church on Baptism,” Commission on Theology, 1987)
If you have more questions about becoming a disciple of Jesus, and are curious about being baptized, please contact the Church Office: