A small price to pay for an eternal life
First things first, we have to understand that there are a series of events that have to take place in the life of a Christian.
It's not an initiation but rather an acknowledgement that we accept what we are; i.e. Sons and Daughters of the Most High God. But also, because Jesus died on the cross and rose again, he paved a way for you so that you can be forgiven of all the things you have done wrong, and that you find the true meaning of life. Since you have lied, stolen, used God’s name in vain, etc., you have violated God’s law, which will result in punishment. But the good news is that God loves you and that He doesn’t want you to be condemned to hell, therefore He sent His son Jesus to take your punishment.
You see, God has a plan that means we all have a choice and it's called free will. And we end up exercising that free will by either following God or not.
We can of course decline God's offer/invitation to get connected forever, however, we seriously have to consider the consequences if we choose not to.
We were actually created for this; God wants us to be willing 'eternity long' family members and enter in to a supernatural relationship that starts here and continues in heaven. The only way to heaven is through Jesus, which you can accept today. Don't let this slip, meet us at Caffe Nero in Rickmansworth every Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm or call 0800 970 9751 to make some other arrangements.
Reject The Dark Side!
Before we are baptised, we actually belong to the world, a.k.a. satan! And that is one of the reasons why people feel so against baptism; they think they're making their own minds up when in fact it's the enemy whispering into their minds telling them not to do it!
When we make a decision to follow Jesus and accept what's being offered, there are a sequence of events as follows:
- We believe in our hearts and say with our mouths that Jesus is Lord of our lives. This statement tells the 'world' that we now belong to Jesus. We then have to repent, to turn away from sin and to hate it, like God does!
- The next part is very similar to when we get married, i.e. we make a covenant with our spouse and seal that covenant in public, by the exchanging of rings. We are baptised in Jesus Christ (not to a church or an organisation, remember this!) and publicly seal our covenant by being immersed in water. This also signifies that we have died to the world and are now reborn, risen again, as new creations in Jesus Christ.
- Finally, we are baptised in The Holy Spirit. This normally happens at the same time as the water baptism, but you will know when it does happen as it is quite amazing. The promise from God is that He will give us His Holy Spirit who will live inside of us. This is demonstrated by speaking in tongues and the Holy Spirit is that same power that rose Jesus from the dead and is placed inside of us - and when that happens, you'll know it and will never forget it for the rest of your life!
Once all of the above has taken place, we can legitimately call ourselves Christians or Disciples of Jesus and this is when we start sharing and doing as Jesus did on this earth.
As I mentioned, before baptism we belong to the world. When we make the commitment there will be all kinds of people and situations that will start occuring to stop you form going throuigh with it. Once the big day comes around, I tell you, that will be a day you will never forget. Next comes the "Test". The world basically 'get's the needle' the dark-side doesn't like to lose one of it's own and so they try and attack us and get us to drop this whole Christianity thing.
Empowered with Supernatural Abilities
If you have read your Bible and listened to someone who will partner with you before, during and after your baptism, you will have been made aware of how God's kingdom works and how we figure in it and how we are expected to make his power manifest on earth. So you will be equipped to give the enemy a kicking if he tries to mess with you. You will also have the power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons.
We are connected to The Last Reformation, an organisation that equips believers to do what Jesus instructs us to do, i.e. heal the sick, cast out demons and make disciples of others. For more information take a look at The Last Reformation website.
Some useful notes:
It wasn't until about eighteen months after I got baptised that I realised the significance and importance of what I had done. And unlike I have mentioned above I had no one partnering with me or my wife and we had to find out for ourselves and yes, we did come up against the enemy in lots of ways. But once we actually realised our power, we nailed the enemy. The realisation came after I read these notes by Rev Dr Chang. I promise you, it's a great read. Below is a transcript of ten sermons or talks Dr Chang did, so you can download and save it on your phone or tablet.
Click here to download The Meaning of Baptism