Being baptised is an outward declaration of your inward decision to follow Jesus and is a great next step in your journey of faith. Baptism provides a marker moment in your life that anchors your faith when you face the hard times of life. It becomes a point of remembrance for you, that God has saved you and is faithful to continue what God has started in your life. Speak to your Xcel Group Leader or Congregational Pastor if you would like to be baptised or sign up below for details of the next baptism date.
Jesus instructs us to be baptised and set the example too, by being baptised by John in the Jordan. Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him and because Jesus went public about His love for us, we choose to go public about our love for Him. Being baptised shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us.
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptise
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him. Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him. At Xcel Church, we dedicate children when they are younger, thanking God for the gift that they are to the family. We wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptised by being immersed in the water and rising out of it. Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life.
If you haven’t been baptised by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptised. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptised again. God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.