Baptism, is an outward expression of an inward transformation. It symbolically portrays a Believers identification with the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It proclaims to all that we have died to our old self and now live in the freedom of new life in Christ as a forgiven child of God and devoted follower of Jesus.
Baptism follows the example set by Jesus, found in Mark 1:9. Our new life with new priorities and passions expressed in ministry also begins with an act of obedience in being baptized.
Baptisms will be taking place on Sunday 1/13, if you would like to be baptized at Redemption Tucson please email Dave Goffeney at firstname.lastname@example.org
“What is baptism and why is it important?”
1. Obedience to Jesus: In His famous Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus charged His followers to baptize and make disciples. Consistently, throughout the New Testament the charge for people is to repent (turn from sin and to Jesus), believe (transfer trust from self to Christ), and be baptized.
2. Identification with Jesus and His people: In the New Testament baptism is the clearest display of one’s association with Christ and unification with Him through His life, death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 2:28-41 & Romans 6:1-4).
3. A public display of affection & identity: Like wearing the jersey of your favorite sports team, though much more significant, baptism is saying that you affirm the person, work, and teachings of Jesus. For Christians around the world today and throughout history, baptism is a public display of faith and trust in Christ.
4. For believers in Jesus: We believe baptism is something a person does out of obedience to Christ to express his or her personal decision to trust, know, and follow Jesus. Therefore, we do not believe that infant baptism is honoring the biblical model and exhortation for followers of Christ. While we think this is an important issue, it is in no way to be a divisive one. We love and partner with churches who believe differently, and we even allow people to become members Redemption Church if they hold to paedobaptist (infant baptism) view, as long as they have a biblically informed defense for their position and agree not to be divisive in light of our expressed convictions and teaching on baptism.
5. Not necessary for salvation: Some churches and denominations hold to what we believe to be a clearly unbiblical teaching of ‘salvific baptism’: which teaches that a person must be baptized in order to be forgiven of sin and accepted by God into eternal life. Jesus’ interaction with the thief on the Cross in Luke 23:32-43 is the best example of faithful-repentance being the necessary means of salvation. However, everything written above should show that it is nothing less than disobedience for a person who is able to be baptized to choose not to. Jesus modeled it, commanded it, and expects it of those who follow Him.
At Redemption Tucson we are honored and grateful every time we get to witness a person being baptized. Informed by the rich historical and biblical teaching of baptism, we joyfully celebrate this incredible event in the life of a person as part of his or her church. Again, Our next baptism service is Sunday January 13th.