Baptism

What an great time we had celebrating yesterday’s baptism. It was are privilege to baptism three amazing young ladies.

Baptism is seen in all types of Churches, whether orthodox, Roman Catholic or protestant, but there are significant differences in the how different churches baptise people. So most of you will either have been to a christening or be familiar with churches they baptise babies. However we don’t – in contrast we believe that the bible teaches that baptism is only for those who have already responded in faith to Jesus.

Baptism it’s self does not save anyone (only Jesus can do that), but it is a powerful sign and declaration of saving faith.

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The greek word ‘Bapizo’ means ‘to plunge, dip, immerse’ That means lots of water. The expectation in the word, is that the person is going to get very wet – completely immersed in water. So in the NT part of the Bible people were normally baptised in a river, rather than sprinkled.

There is nothing magic about the amount of water, but what is significant is what the water symbolises.

Water baptism is a picture of joining with Jesus in his burial and resurrection.

In Roman 6:3-4 Paul describes in a sentence what it means to know Jesus: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were buried therefore wi1520791_10152185619506823_491239788_nth him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life”.

Baptism is a public picture of ‘dying with Christ, burying our sins with him. Then when they come up again it represents sharing in the resurrection of Jesus. Our sin stays buried, but we are made alive. So in being Baptism it is a clear demonstration that we want to be cut off from the grip that sin has over us.

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Baptism is not what makes someone a christian and is not necessary for salvation. However, baptism is a command of Jesus, it is necessary if we are to be obedient to him. Jesus tells his disciples to:

1471073_10152185622931823_646134630_n“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

If we obey Jesus in this command we can expect to receive the blessing that comes with obedience. Baptism strengthens and encourages our faith. It does this for the person being baptised and also for those who are watching – It is a tangible representation of a spiritual reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Venue

New Venue from 1st December

citymapFrom Sunday 1st December we are moving to the Chester City Mission.

We are also changing to a new time: 10.30am for coffee – Followed by worship and teaching which will begin at 10.55am

 Address : 6 Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR. 

The building is close to the bus station and free parking can be found on the road at the front of the building. There are also about 8 spaces in City Mission car park. There is free parking on some of the side streets around the Stanley street area. A pay and display car park is located beside the building at £1.00 per hour.

 

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New Venue at the City Mission, Chester

Freedom Church Chester People and Family
Freedom Church Chester Family Together

From Sunday 1st December we are moving to the Chester City Mission.

We are also changing to a new time: 10.30am for coffee – Followed by worship and teaching which will begin at 10.55am

 Address : 6 Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR. 

The building is close to citymapthe bus station and parking can be found on the road outside and there are also about 8 spaces at the building. There is also free parking on some of the side streets around the Stanley street area on Sunday’s. A pay and display car park is located beside the building costing a few pounds. For other parking options see our Sunday Meetings information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christ Central church, part of Newfrontiers