Baptisms at Easter Services

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Date(s) - Apr 20, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Location: The Shoreline Church Facility

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The act of water baptism (being immersed in water in response to receiving salvation) is a very important first step in the Christian life. In Matthew 3:13-17, we see the Lord Jesus Himself coming to His cousin John to be baptized, in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” He then went on to establish baptism as an eternal ordinance for His church, calling every believer to follow in His footsteps (See Matthew 28:19).

A wedding ring is an outward sign that a person is married. A military uniform is an outward sign that a person is involved in that particular branch of service. Similarly, water baptism is a symbol designed by God to identify a person as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

When we are saved, we are spiritually baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and into His Body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). Baptism in water is an outward representation of these inward realities. In Biblical symbolism, water represents inner cleansing (Ephesians 5:26, Hebrews 10:22), and spiritual rebirth (John 3:5), both of which are central themes of baptism.

Water baptism is, in essence, a funeral. It is an act of faith in which we testify, both to God and to the world, that the person we were before is dead and buried, and we are raised as a new creation in Christ. These Scriptures beautifully illustrate this:

  • “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4 
  • “Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” – Colossians 2:12

Being baptized is a command from God, not an option. It is an act that God requires of every believer. In fact, among Jesus’ last recorded words on earth were, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved….” (Mark 16:16).  Jesus’ very call to believe on Him includes a call to be baptized. If He puts it in that category, He must see it as being something very important.

Baptism is a very special way of God communicating His love to us. When we receive God’s saving grace, it is no accident that He calls us to identify with Him in a way that makes it real to us. Are you struggling with guilt over your past? It may be because you haven’t yet given the person you once were a proper burial! Water baptism is a very powerful reminder of God’s wonderful grace. The person we were before is dead forever, and we are raised with Jesus as a totally new creation:

  • “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

As you can see, you have absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain by following Jesus in water baptism. Ultimately, it all goes back to Jesus’ statement in John 14:15: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Baptism is a simple, but profound act of obedience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. If you have not yet taken this step, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Of course, we cannot take part in baptism without first embracing exactly what it represents: a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Without this, baptism is simply getting wet. If you have not given your heart to Him, why not do it now?

How can you receive him right now?

John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to becomechildren of God, to those who believe in His name.”

It is as simple as this – Believe, Receive, and Become:

  • Believe – Because of our sin, we have been separated from God.  The first step is believing that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to wipe away all sin, so that each person might have a relationship with God.
  • ​Receive – the second step is receiving him into your heart as Lord and Savior, and asking Him to forgive your sins.  You can do this now by praying this simple prayer and sincerely meaning it from your heart:  
  • “Lord Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for my sins.  I thank You for what You did for me on the cross and ask You to come into my life right now.  I ask You to forgive me of my sins, and I thank You now for restoring my relationship with God.  And I thank You now that I am a child of the living God.”
  • Become – when you pray this prayer of faith, it says in God’s Word that you become a child of God, that your name is written in the book of life (Revelation 3:5), and that you will spend eternity with God.  Praise God!

If you have any questions, please contact ‘the shoreline’ office at (949) 369-7283.

If you are ready to sign up, please be sure to bring a towel and wear either a wetsuit or clothes that are not see-through when wet.

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