Tonight we held our first baptismal service in our building on Market Street, an occasion for great celebration!

We held the service in the community room in order to be able to accommodate the baptistery, starting with a time of worship:

DSC_0336Dave then explained about baptism. In our church, we don’t baptise babies, but baptise believers who want to obey Jesus and live for Him. Baptism is by full immersion, since this was the way that this was done in the Bible, and does not save anyone; it’s a sign of the salvation that Jesus has already given to us. Rom 6:1-12 explains that as we go down into the water, this is symbolic of the death of Christ to take away our sins and symbolic of our own death to our old way of living. As we rise up from the water, this is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ and the new life He brings. Baptism is our identification with Christ and a public proclamation of our allegiance to Him.

DSC_0338Then it was time for the actual baptism, with various shades of apprehension on Jade’s face!

DSC_0340 DSC_0343 DSC_0344 DSC_0346Dead to sin…

DSC_0349 DSC_0353 DSC_0354 DSC_0355… but alive in Christ!

DSC_0356 DSC_0357 DSC_0358A truly joyous occasion!