This is not going to come as any surprise. We love Jesus, we love people, and we love to see people meet Jesus. And we love to see people get baptized. In 2013, we baptized 226 people.
But, I never want to assume that everyone understands what baptism is, which is why we talk about it a much as we do. So assuming that some of you do have questions about baptism, I will try to answer some of the more general questions surrounding baptism. Hopefully this article will explain why we conduct baptisms on a regular basis.
Why do we baptize? Because it’s an act of obedience. And because Jesus commanded it. Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The disciples preached the exact same command. In Acts 2:38, Peter stands up on the Day of Pentecost and he preaches, and the New Testament church is birthed, and the Holy Spirit saves people, and here’s what he says: “Peter replied, “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.” Turn from sin, trust in Jesus, and get baptized to show what Jesus did for you, that you trust in him and let the world know you’re going public, saying, I’m a follower of Jesus.
You may wonder why we like to do baptism publicly. It’s so people can hear your testimony and see the work of Jesus in your life. Another common question is does baptism save?
You hear people say“Unless you’re baptized, you can’t go to heaven.” That is not what the Bible says and so we don’t believe that. The classic illustration is Jesus is on the cross, being crucified. There’s one guy on each side. One guy rejects Jesus, the other guy receives Jesus. That guy never did get baptized because he was being crucified. There wasn’t time for that. And Jesus looks at him and says, “Today, this day, you’ll be with me in Paradise.”
We need to remember that Jesus saves. Pastors don’t save, churches don’t save, baptism doesn’t save. Jesus saves. There is no assurance beyond Jesus.
And so, at Northstar, when people become Christians, we love to see them get baptized and we rejoice with them.
If you are interested in being baptized or have questions, I encourage you to contact the church office or your campus pastor.