We have very blissful news for this newsletter! Praise the Lord that 5 beautiful God’s daughters were baptised last month on the Pentecost Day. They were Putri Matta, Tania Theniko, Maya Nishida, Cyntia and Jennifer Gani.

Left to right: Tania – Cyntia – Maya – Jenifer – Putri

These five girls have made an amazing decision to accept Jesus and getting baptised. However, some of you may have thought about getting baptised but have lots of doubts or questions, such as why should I get baptised and what’s the difference.
In this article, we would love to share a little bit about the importance of water baptism and encourage you to go to the next step in your journey of following Jesus.

1. What is baptism?

In brief, baptism is an outward testimony of an inward change in believer’s life. When you accept Jesus, you have experienced His grace in your lives, and you need to declare your commitment and faith in Jesus Christ to the public. By being baptised, you showed to others that you have followed Jesus and allows them to celebrate this wonderful decision with you.

2. Why should we consider to be baptised?

Following Christ:
Jesus Christ is a son of God, He was not a sinner. However, He humbled Himself and let John baptised Him. He shows us His obedience becomes a son of God. As a child of God, we shall do the same and follow what Jesus has done.

An Act of Obedience:
Jesus has commanded us to make disciples and baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything that He has commanded to us (Matt 28: 19-20). Therefore, water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.

3. What is the significance of baptism?

A move from death to life
Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection. By being immersed in the water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, this identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.
A brand new life

Baptism means a sign that you have entered a new life as a Christian. It is a symbol of your faith confession and a declaration that Jesus becomes your saviour. It is also a symbol that you will live your life by trusting God and put your hope in Him.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4

A New Family

When you have decided to be baptised, a new family is waiting for you! Being baptised meaning that you have become part of the body of Christ; this connects you with the other Jesus Christ’s disciples to spread His kingdom and glorify His name.
“…For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body…” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

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