Typically most churches are similar in many aspects of religious thought and practices. The practice of Baptism however tends to be one area where there is some divergence of thought. At Westbrook we practice a believers baptism by immersion. Here are some reasons from scripture why we practice baptism the way that we do.
We believe that baptism is practiced by immersion in water in submission to the authority of Jesus Christ. It is an act of obedience which commits one to a life of obedience.
- Christian baptism is a command to be obeyed. Matthew 28:18-20
- Christian baptism symbolizes the cleansing from sin, a symbolic washing away of an old way of life. Acts 22:16
- Christian baptism symbolizes the new birth by which one becomes a new creature in Christ. It symbolizes the beginning of new life in Christ. John 3:1-4; 1 Peter 3:21; 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Christian baptism is the act which initiates the Christian into fellowship. Acts 2:36-41; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4-6
- Christian baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and also of the Christian, the new convert. Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12
- It is not a guarantee of heaven. If there is not faith and repentance, water baptism is invalid. Ephesians 2:8-9
- It is not proof to a congregation of the genuineness of a convert’s faith. It is only proof to God who knows the heart and motives of the person. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
If you have any other questions you can call 630.759.4320 between 9-4 on Tuesday through Friday to speak with one of our Pastors.