About Baptism 關於受洗
Baptism is an expression of obedience after one receives Christ as their Savior. It illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and also illustrates our new lives as Christians.
Why Should I Be Baptized?
1. To follow the example set by Jesus
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9
過了不久，耶穌從加利利的拿撒勒來，約翰就在約旦河為他施洗。 馬可福音 1:9
2. Because Christ commanded it.
“Jesus said, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matt. 28:19-20
所以，你們要去，使萬國萬民都作我的門徒，奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗，並且教導他們遵守我所給你們的一切命令。記住！我要常與你們同在，直到世界的末日。」 馬太福音 28:19-20
3. It demonstrates that I really am a Christian
“…many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
還有許多哥林多人聽了信息也信了，並接受洗禮。 使徒行傳 18:8
“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” 1 John 2:3
如果我們遵守上帝的命令，我們就知道我們認識他。 約翰一書 2:3
What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?
1. It illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried…and He rose again.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
基督為我們的罪死了…他被埋葬了，在第三天復活了。 哥林多前書 15:3-4
“For when you are baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. Colossians 2:12
因為，你們受洗禮的時候，你們是跟基督一同埋葬；你們受洗禮的時候，也藉著信那使他復活的上帝的作為跟他一同復活。 歌羅西書 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
無論誰，一旦有了基督的生命就是新造的人；舊的已經過去，新的已經來臨。 哥林多後書 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life!” Romans 6:4
藉著洗禮，我們已經跟他同歸於死，一起埋葬；正如天父以他榮耀的大能使基督從死裏復活，我們同樣也要過著新的生活。 羅馬書 6:4
Baptism doesn‟t make you a believer — it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring — it‟s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
你們是靠上帝的恩典、憑信心而得救的；這不是出於你們自己的行為，而是上帝的恩賜。既然不是靠行為，你們就沒有甚麼好誇口的。 以弗所書 2:8-9
Why Be Baptized By Immersion?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
耶穌一受了洗，從水裏出來， 馬太福音 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
2. 在 聖經的時代，人們受洗都是採取浸水禮的。
(Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
例： …腓利跟他一同下到水裏，為他施行洗禮。他們從水裏上來的時候，… 使徒行傳 8:38-39
The word “baptize” means to dip under water”. The Greek word baptizo means, “to immerse or dip into something”.
3. It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
4. The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther (Lutheran Church)…“I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
John Calvin (Presbyterian Church)…“The word „baptize‟ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.” John Wesley (Methodist Church)…“Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ should be baptized.
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…” Acts 2:41
許多人領受了他的信息，並接受洗禮；… 使徒行傳 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” Acts 8:13
西門自己也相信了；他受洗後… 使徒行傳 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
但是，他們相信了腓利所傳關於上帝主權的福音和耶穌基督的名時，男男女女都接受了洗禮。 使徒行傳 8:12
At New Life, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
At New Life, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were “baptized” as young babies.
When Should I Be Baptized?
AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BELIEVED!
“Those who believed…were baptized…that day!” Acts 2:41
許多人領受了他的信息，並接受洗禮；那一天… 使徒行傳 2:41
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, „Look, here is water! Why shouldn‟t I be baptized right now?‟ Philip said, „If you believe with all your heart, you may.‟ The man answered, „I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.‟ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-38
腓利就開口，從這一段經文開始，向他講解關於耶穌的福音的事。他們經過一個地方，路旁有水，太監說：「這裏有水，我不可以就在這裏接受洗禮嗎？」太監就吩咐停車；腓利跟他一同下到水裏，為他施行洗禮。 使徒行傳 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you‟ll never feel “good enough”!
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with our Minister of Children for a pre-baptism conversation.
However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
What should I wear when I am baptized?
Women should wear shorts and a top or a “muumuu” style dress rather than a swimsuit. Men may wear a swimsuit. We try to have robes for you to wear. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. We provide changing rooms.