Here is a picture of a Baptism which took place at Hill Street on Easter Sunday a few years ago: it was as always a very special day for all who took part and witnessed this special commitment to Jesus. For further information on what Believer’s Baptism means, please scroll down the page.
What is Believer’s Baptism?
Baptists believe that Baptism is for those who have come to faith in Christ and who are committed to living his way. In other words, baptism is for believers.
Why Be Baptised?
Jesus Christ commands his followers to be baptised. He instructed his disciples to, ‘go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28.19). Baptism is a vital step on the journey of faith because in it:
We follow the example of Jesus, who was baptised by John the Baptist because, ‘it is right to do all that God requires’ (Matthew 3.15).
We continue the practice of the first Christians who baptised all who responded to the preaching of the gospel (see Acts 2.37-41).
The immersion of Baptism symbolises our participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and in it we testify that our lives are now under his authority (see Romans 6.1-11).
In this act we declare our faith in Christ and our commitment to live a new life in the power of his Holy Spirit.
Baptism is also for all Christians a sign of our entry into the body of Christ which is the Church.
A core principle of Baptist belief that:
‘Christian Baptism is the immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who ‘died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again on the third day’
(Baptist Union of Great Britain, Declaration of Principle)’.
For further information visit the Baptists Website