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From the Minister

August, 2016

The cover picture is of the last service I took at my previous church. It was a service of ‘Believers Baptism’. On Sunday 14th August I will have the privilege of conducting the first service of ‘Believers Baptism’ to take place at Pentref for over 30 years.

For those people who are not familiar with the practice of Baptist Churches I thought I would give a brief account of:

• What we do
• How we do it
• Why we do it
• And why we do it in the way we do
(Whole books have been written about this, so obviously in two pages you are only getting a much shortened version)

What We Do
Unlike other churches Baptists do not baptise infants, we believe that baptism is for those who have made the decision to follow Jesus and wish to demonstrate this commitment publically by obeying His command to be baptised.

How We Do It
As you can see from the cover photograph, Baptists do not generally practice baptism by sprinkling but by total immersion.

Why We Do It
We do it because Jesus told those who wanted to follow Him to ‘repent and be baptised’. Repentance means a turning round, a leaving behind of an old lifestyle and the adopting of a new one as a follower of Jesus. As Jesus told His followers not just to repent but to be baptised, baptism is seen as the symbolic start of this journey into new life in Jesus.

Why Do We Do It This Way
Baptism by total immersion is a symbolic act. It is the acting out of the truth of the Christian faith. All Christians, not just Baptists, believe that Jesus died for our sins (all that we ever did or will ever do that is wrong). That in some mysterious way by His death Jesus took the punishment for all the sins of the world. That this truth was made clear on the third day when God raised Him from the grave to newness of life. In the resurrection of Jesus we see the truth that sin and death are conquered.

The practice of baptism by total immersion is an acting-out of our faith in that truth. When the person being baptised is taken backwards under the water into the horizontal position (the position of a coffin) they are acknowledging the truth that Jesus died for them – but more than that they are giving their testimony that they have died to sin. When they are raised from the water to the standing position they are acting-out the truth that Jesus was raised from the dead – but more than that they are saying that they too have been raised from death to newness of life in Jesus.

That is the best I can do in two pages. If you want to know more, or just see for yourself, you are welcome to come to the morning service on Sunday August 14th.

Steve Wallis

Newbridge Baptist Church
Llanafan Road, Newbridge, Powys, LD1 6LY
Telephone The Minister: 01597 860185
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