Thrive Ministries
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Baptism is the next step after receiving the gift of salvation. It is an outward expression of an inward transformation that begins when you put your faith in Jesus as your personal saviour. Being fully immersed in the water then rising out symbolises you have unified with Jesus' death & resurrection. This is a public declaration that you are now a follower of Christ and identify as part of His family, the Church.
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For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Matthew 18:20
Why should I get baptised?
Imitation & Instruction
Baptism is symbolic and while it does not save you, it shows you have been saved. Because of the beautiful picture baptism illustrates, we see it as an honor to display the gospel in this way.

At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus was baptised and we are called to be imitators of Christ. At the end of his ministry, his final instructions to his followers is to "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 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you'' - Matthew 28:19-20.
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus
Am I Ready?
Identification not perfection
Being ready is not about perfection, or feeling as though you are good enough to identify as a Christ-follower. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And it is not your own doing, it is the gift of God". - Ephesians 2:8. By waiting until we feel "good enough", we are believing that our works can save us. This minimizes the grace and power of the cross.

Baptism is for every person who has made a decision to put their faith in Jesus.

What's Next?
Preparation & Evaluation
Thrive Ministries holds a Baptism Preparation one month prior to the service. Participating does not mean you must be baptised. You will have an opportunity in Week 3 to evaluate your readiness, ask questions and decide your next step.

Baptism Preparation will take a couple of hours over 4 weeks and will go through:

- What is baptism
- The 3 questions for baptism
- Barriers to baptism
- Life after baptism