Pastor Marivic Bugarin
Water baptism is a very important step in your new Christian life.
If you’re a new Christian or you’ve recently re-committed your life to Christ, water baptism is definitely the next step. It is a symbolic act wherein you identify with Christ’s death, burial and His resurrection power.
Experience: The Bible shows the way out of slavery. God had saved his people from slavery in Egypt and led them out of captivity. We can say that today’s world is as sinful as Egypt. This is exactly how I felt: Jesus took me out of my sinful life, gave me a new life and freedom from the slavery to sin. I love Galatians 2: 20 It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me!
Amy Valbuena, 46
Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ, fulfilled by the new Christian. It symbolizes a move from death to life. It is the next step after salvation and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
Here are some Bible verses why the Lord Jesus emphasizes on Water Baptism:
Acts 2:38 Peter commanded us to repent from our sins, be baptized in the Name of Jesus, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:16 And now why do you wait? …Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Experience: Something has changed in me, I was so overwhelmed, it’s hard to explain it, but water baptism feels like the cleanest clean you’ve ever felt!
Tristan J. Leano, 20
I got baptized in the same river in which Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist 2000 years ago. I felt so pure, holy and like I was made new. I had the revelation that my old life is gone, and I’m resurrected to my new life.
Vanessa Espinoza, 37
There is a lot of confusion about the subject of baptism. Sometimes, people have confused water baptism with the baptism into the Body of Christ (the act of receiving Salvation or in other words being saved). Faith in Jesus is what saves a person. Baptism is the outward expression of that faith.
For me water baptism matters. It is a public expression of our faith by which we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It’s proclaiming to the world that you are one with Christ, you believe in Him, that He was dead, buried, and alive again, and together, you were buried by being submerged into the water and alive again with Him when we come up out of the water.
Experience: It’s such a different feeling. I pictured it like a role play and I was playing the character of Jesus and asked Him to take a full control over me. Also, the act of being brought out of the water gives a very refreshing feeling. It has brought so much joy to me that I can hardly believe it. It was a glorious day!
Alexia Riego, 12
Christ powerfully came into my life and gave me a new beginning! This is how I felt and it was a great moment.
Riana Baldovino, 11
It had an uneasy feeling inside because I was only 7 years old when I got baptized– nevertheless it was still one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
Jesus lead the way in example of water baptism. As adults, we need to be baptized in the water just like our Savior did.
We see water in this sense as a grave, burying the old self, coming out to live the new life as it’s written in the Bible.
Our old life dies, and we become a new creature. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “All things pass away and all things become new”. Water baptism is all about burying the old, and leaving it behind.
Experience: Water baptism is a full body immersion, initiated under water with the assistance of our pastor and elders. My experience was special because I thought I was going to drown and the fact of not knowing how to swim flooded my senses. But I just want to reassure you that our Pastor was holding me under the water and it was of waist deep level.
Once I got immersed in that water, I came out a brand-new Christian. We are made new and alive through our decision to follow Jesus!
Looking back at the 2017 JTGS Water Baptism
The weather was not very inviting on the Normandy Coast, but no obstacle is great enough to prevent this symbolic act.
It was windy and cool, but we’ve waited all year to not relive this milestone moment in our faith especially for the candidates.
For many of them, this is the next phase of their Christian life. It’s also a chance to begin anew.
New Christian? Re-dedicated Christian? Never Water Baptized? Please sign up for our next Water Baptism. Email us at email@example.com for more details.
Blog post by Zashkia Opelanio