Baptism is considered of high value at Valley Life Church. We think of it as the Gospel seen.
Baptism is a public expression of our commitment to Jesus Christ. As Jesus followers, we want to be obedient to Him and follow the example He set. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about baptism.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is one of two sacraments or ordinances we observe at Valley Life Church. (The other is communion.) It is a physical expression of a spiritual truth. Baptism is not about baptism, it’s about Jesus.
“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 (ESV)
Baptism is preaching the Gospel visually. As Romans 5: 11 (ESV) says, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” In baptism, being immersed under the water symbolises that death, coming out of the water signifies newness of life.
At Valley Life we baptize by immersion. The word baptism in Greek means to plunge, to dip, and to immerse.Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
“John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized.” John 3:23 (ESV)
2. What is baptism for?
Baptism is not the means of salvation, but rather a visual expression of the gospel. As John Piper says, “If you understand what baptism portrays, you understand what really happened to you when you became a Christian.”
Like a marriage ceremony, baptism is a public declaration of the relationship we have with Jesus.
3. Is baptism necessary?
Yes and no.
Yes…because Jesus said we should do it.
“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 (ESV)
No…baptism will not save you. The Bible is very clear that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
“Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:16
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says,’Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’” Romans 10:9-11 4.
4. Who can baptize?
In the Old Testament, the priests acted as God’s representatives on earth, but in the New Testament, all believers in Jesus are priests.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
At Valley Life Church, you can be baptized by one of the pastors but we especially encourage community group leader to baptize members of their group. Parents are welcome to baptize their children.