Being Baptised

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what is baptism?

Baptism is one of two special ways in which Jesus commanded us to declare our faith in him (the other one is the Lord's Supper). It is simply an outward act (being immersed in water) that displays an inward attitude ('I want to follow Christ for the rest of my life').

... it is also a way of announcing publicly that you are a Christian and that you want to follow the Lord wholeheartedly. Jesus himself was baptised and told us to follow his example.

why do we do it?

we do it because Jesus commanded us to

He said "Go and make disciples ... baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:18-20)

we do it because the early Christians did it

There are many clear examples in the Bible to show that this was how people were admitted into fellowship in the early church (see Acts 8:34-39)

so what does it mean for today?

it is a picture of cleansing

It graphically illustrates that Christ has washed us from our sin and that we have put our former way of life behind us (see Acts 22:16)

it is a picture of dying and rising with Christ

In the same way that Jesus died and rose again so, by being baptised, we show that we have died to sin and now live a new life in the power of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 6:4).

So baptism means that you have personally accepted Jesus Christ as your saviour and handed your life over to his control. By being baptised you are saying this publicly.

how do people prepare for being baptised?

We run a short series of seminars to help you grow as a Christian and to prepare you for being baptised. You can attend those seminars without committing yourself to being baptised and we will not put pressure on you to do so.

what about church membership?

When you have been baptised there is nothing to prevent you becoming a church member - and we would normally expect you to do that unless there are special circumstance to prevent it.

what happens if I was christened or baptised as a baby?

That is not a barrier to being baptised as an adult if you wish to. As an adult believer you are making an intelligent, personal statement that you want to live for Jesus Christ. When you were a baby you were not able to make this sort of intelligent declaration. In no way does adult baptism denegrate the value of infant baptism -we're simply using the same word to describe two different things (that we agree it's a tad confusing!)

baptism and the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism (Luke 3:22) and this marked the beginning of his ministry. So too you need the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfil the ministry that God has called you to. For this reason the filling of the Holy Spirit is often linked with baptism (see Acts 2:38, 8:14-17).

Here is what a baptismal service looks like

This week at Victoria

April 2018

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Wednesday 25th April 2018

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Sunday 29th April 2018

5th Sunday Celebration  10.30am in Main Auditorium

May 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 6th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Encounter - Worship Event  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 8th May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Saturday 12th May 2018

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 20th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Monday 21st May 2018

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 27th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Encounter - Worship Event  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Sunday 10th June 2018

Family Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Sunday 17th June 2018

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Sunday 24th June 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

July 2018

Sunday 1st July 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Saturday 14th July 2018

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

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