Water Baptism

A public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ.

Baptism is a way of going public with your faith.

Going down into the water symbolizes that you have died to sin and your old life. Coming up out of the water symbolizes that you have become a new creation, that you are ready to live a new life for Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-7).

There is nothing magical about the water or the act of water baptism in and of itself. Baptism doesn’t save you or make you right with God. It simply demonstrates that you have already been made right with God and that you want to follow Jesus as part of the church family.

In a lot of ways, baptism is like a wedding. It’s a public declaration of your intention to love and live for Jesus in community as long as you live. Baptism is an important step of obedience in a believer’s life, demonstrating surrender to God in following Jesus’ example.

If you are newer to faith or have just never made the decision to be baptized as an adult, baptism may be your next step in your faith journey.

Contact Pastor Jeff (jeff@thegatheringottawa.com) to learn more.

Related Resources:
MB Confession of Faith on “Christian Baptism” (Article 8)
Baptism & The Church: Membership (Mennonite Brethren Pamphlet)

Find out more information about water baptism by checking out the Baptism Bible Study & Preparation document, and/or by emailing us at info@thegatheringottawa.com