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Sunday 2 October • 6pm at LIFE North, Central, West & South

Baptism is for every believer

Baptism in water is one of the most important moments that any follower of Christ can experience! But for many, it can be a little bit confusing.. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

The truth is, Baptism is for every Jesus follower, regardless of how long they have been a Christian. It is an unforgettable statement of faith and a moment that you will remember for the rest of your life. We have a created a dedicated space to learn more about baptism, what it is, why it matters and how you can get baptised here at LIFE.


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Baptism Video Series

We have designed a free Video Series to help you gain an understanding of the why, the what and the how of getting baptised at LIFE.

Reasons for getting baptised:

<b>Obedience</b>
Obedience

Jesus commanded his followers to be baptised (Matthew 28:19). Jesus commanded Water Baptism because of what it is symbolic of and the significance of what takes place internally in us.

<b>Relationship</b>
Relationship

It is a public declaration of a personal relationship with God. Water Baptism symbolises a lifelong commitment to God and an intention to give Him full access to your life.

<b>Intimacy</b>
Intimacy

Baptism is also symbolic of both the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross and also his conquering of sin, death and his resurrection to new life. When we go through the waters of Baptism, we identify with and fully realise the leaving behind of our old life; habits, struggles, tendencies and are empowered to step fully into our new life in Christ.

<b>Invitation</b>
Invitation

As we go through the waters of Baptism, the Holy Spirit is fully empowered to come in and do what only he can do – change us from the inside out! Many receive prophetic words, direction, dreams and inspiration from God as a result of their water baptism.

Getting Baptised at LIFE

In October, we hold special Baptism services at your home Campus (Albany, Mt Eden, Westgate and Manukau) where we bring Baptism tanks into the auditorium and baptise people as a part of our Sunday service. At these services you can expect live worship, people cheering for you as well as a time of prayer following your baptism by our LIFE Pastoral team and leaders.

If you would prefer a personalised baptism experience in a more intimate setting like at a family pool or special beach surrounded only by your closest friends and family, register here.

FAQs

Does baptism secure my salvation?

No. Scripture is clear that we are saved only by grace through Christ Jesus. We do this simply by acknowledging his sacrifice on the cross and repenting (turning away) from our sin.

What do I do if I have been baptised before?

There is no requirement to be baptised more than once however, a few special exemptions may apply:

  • If you we’re baptised purely out of religious obligation rather than out of a desire for greater relational intimacy and out of obedience to Jesus.
  • If you were baptised as a child prior to making your own personal decision to follow Jesus.
I have been christened / dedicated before – is this the same as baptism?

Water Baptism as commanded by Jesus is different to a christening or dedication for reasons stated above. We believe full immersion (in water) is the biblical standard for baptism due to its representation of being fully immersed in Jesus and inviting the Holy Spirit to touch EVERY area of our lives.

Can an infant be baptised?

While an infant can be dedicated as an act of invitation for Gods protection and blessing to be on that child, an infant cannot be baptised according to its biblical definition. This is due to an infant being too young to make a personal decision to follow Jesus and showcase a personal desire for going through the waters of baptism. Generally, if a person is old enough to understand at a high level what they are doing, baptism can be recommended.

Is there a ‘right time’ to be baptised?

The right time to be baptised it as soon as possible following a decision to become a follower of Jesus! There is a common misconception that baptism is something someone does after a certain period of time or after your faith has reached a certain level of maturity. The truth is, baptism is one of the key things that will help your faith stand the test of time and ensure you progress effectively towards maturity. Waiting to get baptised is like leaving your star player on the bench with the idea of bringing them in once you feel like the game has progressed a bit and you’re already winning!

Is baptism required to become a member of LIFE?

No, there is no baptism requirement in order to become a member of LIFE. In fact, there are not requirements whatsoever to become a member of LIFE! All are welcome.

"For it is [not your strength, but it is] [a]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure." - Philippians 2:13 (AMP)