Sunday, February 16, 10:45 am
Baptism is an essential “first step” for a believer who seeks to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. In taking it, he reveals that a coup has taken place in the secret recesses of his soul. The government of self has been toppled and overthrown. In its place, a new authority now reigns and rules. It is Christ, the living Lord! We at Fellowship Asheville uphold the act of baptism as a sacred, uncompromisable injunction of the Scripture. Every believer, serious in his or her faith, will also be serious about baptism. It is the “badge” of our identity with Christ. In many ways, baptism is to Christianity what a ring is to marriage. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. And the picture portrayed in baptism declares a variety of scriptural truths:
It proclaims Christ’s death and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
It serves public notice to the world of one’s new life in Christ. (Matthew 10:32)
It pictures a believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a spiritual life and lifestyle and the certainty of both through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:3-7, 10-11)
Our method of baptism is the method of immersion. We believe this was the method used in the New Testament and vividly signifies our death, burial, and resurrection from death to new life in Christ.