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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." - Matthew 28:19.
Baptism always sparks lively and interesting discussion. There are varying opinions on baptism within the Christian tradition – from those who believe in infant baptism to those who don't believe baptism is important.
What is Village Church's view of baptism?
We believe baptisms, similar to the practice of communion, are visible representations of the gospel that are regularly performed by the church. Historically, they have been referred to as “sacraments,” which are evidences of grace and tangible expressions of invisible spiritual realities.
While there are some faithful Christians who would disagree with our views on baptism, we believe that water baptism is for people who have chosen to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have made a conscious decision to follow Jesus for their entire life.
Baptism publicly identifies a believer with Jesus' atoning death and resurrection. As a sign of the new believer’s obedience to Jesus, they are immersed in water (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:41), and brought out of the water as a symbol of their dying and being raised to new life in Christ (Romans 6:1-6).
Jesus places strong emphasis on baptism in The Gospels because it represents a new believer’s reception into the Body of Christ. This is why the early church baptized new believers immediately after conversion (Acts 2:38-41; 8:12). For those who were members of the early church, the concept of an unbaptized Christian was foreign.
Do I have to be baptized to be saved?
Many people ask us this question. The short answer is no. The man who was crucified with Jesus was not baptized, yet Jesus said “today, you will be with me in paradise,” (Luke 23:43). It should be noted, however, that this man is not an ideal model. Because of his unique circumstances, he is more of an exception to the rule. The Bible and the history of the church make clear that all followers of Christ are called to baptism.
In the New Testament, baptism is also connected to discipleship. Paul says, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life,” (Romans 6:3-4). The life of a believer, which includes walking away from the old self and walking in newness of life, is therefore outwardly symbolized by baptism.
Do I have to be baptized again if I was baptized as an infant?
We believe that baptism occurs when a person is old enough to make a conscious decision to follow Jesus. We are not, however, legalistic about this belief and do not pressure anyone to be baptized if they have been baptized as an infant. We simply teach and practice baptism as a joyous step of obedience to Jesus and hope and pray that everyone who calls Jesus Lord and Saviour will choose to be baptized as demonstration of their faith in him.
A stake in the ground
We are always excited to baptize people because most walks with God aren’t linear or easy. Rather, they tend to be filled with peaks and valleys. So when a person becomes serious about their relationship with God after many trials in their life, it is often the case that he calls them to baptism as way to place a “stake in the ground” as a representation of their resolve to follow Jesus completely. Which is to say, baptism brings glory to God and provides an opportunity for the church to hear the stories of people whose lives are being radically changed by Jesus. To see past videos of these stories, click here.