What is Baptism?
Baptism is the public declaration of an individual who has surrendered one’s life to JESUS Christ by being immersed in & raised out of water as a way of showing that they identify with Christ & His death & resurrection. It is a public testimony – the outward expression of an inward experience of salvation. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing that we have been saved by & belong to Jesus and so have brand new lives in Him.
For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. (Colossians 2:12, NLT)
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. (Romans 6:4-5, NLT)
And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:21)
Who May Be Baptized?
At Coastline we practice what is known as “Believer’s Baptism”, which means that a person is baptized when he or she has repented of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Therefore we do not practice other forms of baptism such as “Infant Baptism”, because an infant is not cognizant enough to repent of sin and place faith in Christ.
May I Be Baptized If I Have Been Previously?
Once someone has been baptized as a Christian there is no need for him or her to be baptized again. Persons needing to be re-baptized would include those who were baptized into cults or heretical churches, as well as those baptized as infants at the request of their parents. Coastline does not suggest that those who were baptized previously as believing children and/or fell away for a time be re-baptized as adults, but leaves this decision to the conscience of each Christian, while reminding them that a once and for all trusting of Christ and what He has done for them is gloriously sufficient for all eternity.
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