WHY “GO PUBLIC”?
Baptism is about publicly identifying with the message and mission of Jesus Christ. Sharing our testimony allows others to hear and relate to what God has done in your life and it serves as a spiritual marker in your life that you can look back on to remember what He has done.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM?
To be baptized is to publicly identify with the message and mission of Jesus Christ.
Baptism is a sign of identification.
Public identification with Christ has cost people their lives, families, friends, and jobs.
Public identification says, “I’m not ashamed of the gospel.” Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Baptism is a symbolic picture of the death, burial, and resurrection.
• Baptism says that I have died to me and I’m alive in Christ.
• Baptism is an outward sign of an inward reality.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:1-4
Baptism is a symbolic picture of cleansing, a washing away of sin.
• The water doesn’t cleanse us; the blood of Christ that cleanses us.
• The water is a symbolic picture of the cleansing from the blood of Christ.
“he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” Titus 3:5
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING BAPTIZED?
There are several ways to let us know:
• Email Pastor Mark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Amanda (email@example.com)
• Fill out a Connect Card in your pew and hand it into a greeter or put it in the offering plate
• Call the Bethel office at 613-542-2990
Once we have heard from you, one of our staff members will be in touch with information on our Baptismal Class. You might also be asked to book a date to schedule a testimonial video shoot – don’t worry we will help make this process as stress-free as possible.
Some people are nervous when it comes to putting their testimony on video.
Is that you? Are you afraid of shooting and seeing your video?
Maybe you’re thinking…..
…I just don’t want to shoot it.
…I’ve never been on camera.
…I don’t have a dramatic story.
…I’m afraid I’ll get tongue-tied.
…I’m afraid of how I’ll look and sound on the big screen.
Well fear no more…just watch this video:
So there you go. We know many of you are scared of the video, but don’t worry.
Just be yourself and we’ll edit like crazy and you will look like a pro!
Here are a few other testimonies to encourage you:
The stories you’ve heard have inspired you, amazed you and sometimes even moved you to tears.
Imagine how God might also use yours?
Is it time for you to go public?