Why should I get Baptised?
Information for anyone considering water baptism by immersion
And now, why delay? Go and be baptized and be cleansed from your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Acts 22:16 (Living Bible)
Water baptism is something that the Bible encourages Christians to do because it symbolises what happens when a person becomes a Christian. A Christian is a person who trusts in Jesus as their Saviour and who follows Jesus as their ruler. Baptism symbolises both dying and being raised again to life. Just as Jesus did this physically, so Christians are to do this spiritually (this means a change in life direction from living life your own way to living God’s way). Baptism also symbolises having your sins washed away, something that happens when a person turns to Jesus because his death means that whoever trusts in him is forgiven for all their sins.
When a person is baptised in water, his or her body is totally immersed in the water and brought out again. The awesome significance of water baptism is that it symbolises the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him in them. Water baptism also gives the believer the opportunity to openly testify to others of his/her born-again experience. It serves as an outward sign and testimony of an inward grace. The believer has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him and raised together with Him to walk in newness of life (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4).
Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
A person must repent and be baptised into the Body of Christ (saved) before water baptism. For without first making Jesus Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead, water baptism would have no purpose. Water baptism is an experience after salvation to confirm and strengthen your commitment to live a godly life.
The baptismal waters represent a burial ground. When you’re buried with Christ in baptism, you are proclaiming to heaven, earth and hell that the old no longer exists. To be buried with Jesus means that your old self died to sin just as Jesus did when He was made sin for us (Romans 6:3, 6, 10-12). That’s why we are immersed. It’s a picture of burial.
Coming up out of the water signifies you being raised to new life in Christ. To be raised with Jesus means making Him Lord of every area of your life – spirit, soul and body. You’ve been bought with the blood of Jesus and you belong to Him.
The Power of God
Romans 6:11-13 now becomes a very important scripture to us: “11In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin and alive with God through Christ Jesus. 12So, do not let sin control your life here on earth so that you do what your sinful self wants to do. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to serve sin, as things to be used in doing evil. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used in doing good.” (New Century Version)
Water baptism should be a very significant time in your life as a believer. It’s a time to fully commit to obey and follow Jesus, being willing to fulfil the purpose and plan of Almighty God for your life. This is not something just for super-Christians. It’s basic Christianity -part of the solid foundation you need to build upon in your life with Christ.
Matthew 28:16; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:12-13, 36-38; Acts 16:4-15, 32-33; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:5, Acts 22:14-16; Romans 6:1-12 Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 3:26-27; Galatians 4:7; Colossians 2:1-17; Colossians 3:3-14; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21.
Baptism Service at Ruach City Church
Baptism services are held at our Brixton location (122 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS) on the fourth Sunday of the month, 6.30pm-9pm and on some Wednesdays 7pm-9pm.
Baptism Class takes place on fourth Sunday of the month at 5.30pm in the Overflow room, and on the Wednesdays when Baptism is held at 6.30pm at our Brixton location.
How do I register to get baptised?
If you would like to get baptised, please complete a Baptism Request form . We will contact you to confirm that your request has been received and if the request is agreed, we will confirm the date of your baptism.
If your child is under 18 years of age and wishes to be baptised, please complete the Baptism Request and Consent form and you will need to provide consent as a parent/guardian that the request can be processed. We will contact you to confirm the information and verify the consent provided, and if we agree to proceed we will confirm the date of your child’s baptism.
Information if you are getting baptised at Ruach City Church
Ruach City Church provides a gown, head scarf and shower cap for your baptism. Please can you bring the following items with you on the day of your baptism:
- Black/dark coloured t-shirt to wear underneath your gown;
- Black/dark coloured leggings/trousers/slip to wear underneath your gown;
- Change of underwear;
- Shower cap/swimming cap.
Important information for females/girls:
- If you think that you will be on your menstrual cycle (start/middle/end of your period), please call our Administration team on 020 8678 6888 and arrange to be booked in for a Baptism Service that does not clash with the date of your cycle.
- If you are pregnant, and in the interests of your health and safety, please obtain a written consent from your GP and forward it to our Administration team at our Ruach Office for the attention of our Head of Administration & HR. Ruach City Church is unable to permit you to go through Water Baptism without written consent from your GP. If you are unable to obtain written consent from your GP, please telephone our Administration team on 020 8678 6888 and rebook your baptism date for after your baby is born.
Ruach City Church can provide white trousers and shirt for your baptism. Please can you bring the following items with you on the day of your baptism:
- Black/dark coloured t-shirt;
- White trousers (please wear dark coloured underwear);
- Change of underwear.
For further information on Baptism, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Administration team on 020 8678 63888 (option 1).