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10740 Faith Promise Lane | Knoxville, TN 37931 | [email protected] | (865) 251-2590
Our goal for the Leadership Development Ministry of Faith Promise is to equip, enhance, and develop you to grow and fulfill your God-given potential to expand the kingdom. Here you will find resources and information on how you can grow as a leader and assist in elevating those around you.
We put God first
It illustrates Jesus’ death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4, Col. 2:12), as well as your new life as a Christian (2 Cor. 5:17, Rom. 6:4). Baptism doesn’t make you a believer; it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is just like a wedding ring– it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart (Eph. 2:8-9).
We are burdened
To follow the example set by Jesus (Mark 1:9), because Jesus commanded it (Matt. 28:19-20), and because it demonstrates that you really are a Christian (Acts 18:8, 1 John 2:3).
We serve others
Every baptism in the New Testament, including Jesus’, was by immersion, which means going completely underwater (Matt. 3:16, Acts 8:38-39). The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water.” It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
We give generously
If you were baptized by immersion in another church once you were saved, there is no need to get baptized again. If you were baptized as a child, or baptized in another way (e.g. sprinkled with water or other method), you can always renew your faith and choose baptism by immersion for yourself or for the first time.
We elevate those around us
Every person who has believed in Christ should be baptized. (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:12.)
At Faith Promise, we wait until our 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 behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal profession of faith in Jesus. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed, and we have a Child Dedication service for just that reason! The baptism talked about in the Bible is only for those old enough to believe for themselves.
At Faith Promise, it is a requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated.
We grow together
As soon as you have believed! (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:35-38.)
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Jesus as the leader of your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “ready,” or until you have your life together, you’ll never feel “good enough”! God accepts us just as we are presently.