Ever wondered what baptism is all about? Why should we be baptized? How should we be baptized? What does it all mean? Ever thought of taking the step but not sure what will be required of you?
What is baptism?
BAPTISM is about identification- it is a public declaration that we have identified with Jesus’ death and resurrection, that we acknowledge He died for us personally and that we identify with His church. It is a sign of what Christ has done for us.
However, we often become confused because different churches preach different view points regarding baptism. Sometimes, our view of baptism is sometimes based on our tradition or culture rather than studying what the Bible teaches. So what does the Bible say about baptism?
BAPTISM IS A NATURAL STEP FROM SALVATION-
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. -Acts 2 v 41
But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.- Acts 8 v 12
BAPTISM IS ABOUT IDENTIFICATION, NOT A MEANS TO BE SAVED
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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 vs 3-4
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. -Colossians 2 v 12
TIMING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE METHOD
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teachingg them to obey everything I have commanded you. -Matthew 28 vs 19-20
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. -Acts 2 v 38
Ready to take the step?
If you are ready to take this important step, then we would like to encourage you as you step out in obedience. Please fill in the form below and we will connect with you to make arrangements.
WHEN ARE YOUR SERVICES?
Stellenbosch Baptist Church has two Sunday services mostly prepared by Ps.Byron de Klerk. Our morning worship service starts at 09:30 and usually ends at 11:00. This is our family service where we include children in the beginning of the service. After the children’s talk the children go to Sunday School. (There is no Sunday School during School holidays)
Our evening service starts at 19:00 and usually ends at 20:30. This is a more relaxed service where we focus on various courses (i.e. the Alpha course)
We provide refreshments after both services and encourage you to stay and fellowship with us so we can get to know you better.
WHAT ARE YOUR SERVICES LIKE?
Our worship services are relaxed but focused on connecting you to Jesus Christ. We do this through worship that consists of contemporary songs as well as some hymns, we observe communion the first and third Sunday of every month and we spend time hearing a sermon.
From time to time we do have visiting speakers or special events, details of this will be found in the Upcoming events part of our website.
DO VISITORS HAVE TO DO ANYTHING WEIRD?
Certainly not! We want you to feel welcomed and comfortable in our service. We do ask however that you fill in a visitor’s card and drop it in the offering bag or hand it in at the info desk. The reason for the card is so we can have a record of your visit.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
Be comfortable, come as you are. After all, we are thrilled that you’re joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you’re wearing. In the summertime, it’s not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their “Sunday best” and that’s fine too! We think you’ll fit in no matter how you dress.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Parking in Stellenbosch is usually a challenge. We have limited parking on our church property, however, we do reserve a few parking’s for first time visitors. Alternatively you can park in the Stelkor parking area and you can have access to the church opposite the Pick N Pay entrance (mornings only). There is also parking available directly opposite the church.
ARE THERE FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN?
We do cater for children of all ages. We have a Sunday school for children aged 4-12 that meet in the church hall during the morning service, and for younger children we have a crèche with a play area.