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Springfield Park Baptist Church

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Believer's Baptism

On the basis of the New Testament, we claim that baptism is for those who put their trust in Jesus and acknowledge him as Lord. As a symbol of Jesus' claim on their lives, Baptists practice baptism by total immersion, in which candidates express their readiness to die to their old way of life and live for Christ.

WHAT DOES BAPTISM SIGNIFY?

A declaration of union with Christ

Baptism is a dramatic way of declaring your solidarity with Jesus! The only prop needed is a large quantity of water - a baptistry will do, although in New Testament times (and still in warm climates overseas) rivers, lakes and ponds were used. The spectators (in church terms, the congregation) are asked to imagine that this water is a watery grave. So, when you go under water, you will identify yourself with Jesus who died and was buried, then, like Christ, you will symbolically rise from death.

An act of revolution

To be united with Christ in baptism is more than a dramatic statement of belief. From Paul's description of the newly baptised as rising to 'live a new life' (Rom 6:4), it is clear that there are ethical implications too. As you go under the water, you will be declaring your resolve to die to your old way of living and, as you rise from the water, you will be declaring your resolve to follow Christ's pattern of living. Baptism marks the moment of your public surrender to Christ.

A sign of cleansing

Another consequence of giving yourself to Jesus and committing yourself to him 'for keeps' is that you are forgiven. The baptistry does not just symbolise a great watery grave; it is also a 'bath', in which you wash away your sin. 'Get up and be baptised', said Ananias to Paul, 'and wash your sins away, calling on his name' (Acts 22:16).

A sign of the Spirit's presence

Another thing that happens when you give yourself to Jesus is that God through his Spirit comes to live in you and so becomes the source of your new life, a life marked by a new power, a new peace and a new joy (Acts 1:8; Rom 14:17). Baptism is the sign of this presence. It is because of this that Paul can speak of baptism as baptism in the Holy Spirit: 'for we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body (1 Cor 12:13).

A confession of faith

When Paul wrote to the church at Rome, "if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom 10:9), he may well have had the act of baptism in mind. For baptism is the great moment of nailing your colours to the mast and declaring that you belong to Christ and to his people. Don't be ashamed of making 'your good confession in the presence of many witnesses' (1 Tim 6:12).

A rite of initiation

Baptism is the normal way of entry into the church. 1 Corinthians 12:13: 'We were all baptised by one Spirit into one body.' When we are baptised we identify ourselves not only with Jesus who died and rose that we might have life, but also with the people of God. Similar thinking underlies Galatians 3:26, 27, where Paul's mention of faith leads him on to baptism which, in turn, leads him on to speak of the church in which we are 'all one in Christ Jesus'. Baptism is God's way for you to join the church.

 

What's New?

Soup Hub Lunch

Alison and soup

During the summer, why not join us for a Toastie at Soup Hub, every Thursday lunchtime from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Church Hub following the Coffee Hub. With lovely fresh toasted sandwiches, all are welcome to come and lunch together. Donations towards the cost are invited.

Together Magazine

Together

The picture of Alison serving soup in the Soup Hub kitchen shown above is the one that has also been used to illustrate the article featuring her in the Baptist Unions' Together Magazine. The summer edition of this thrice yearly publication is available to read online or for free download from the Baptists Together website by following the link here, and may be purchased as a paper copy to be sent to you in the good old postal system. There are lots of other interesting and thought provoking articles to read, and if you are lucky you may also be able to borrow one of the church copies.

Our pages and links

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Toddler Group

Little Sparks Parent and Toddler Group is every Tuesday at 10:00 during school term time. See the poster on our home page for details and download a copy to print off and put somewhere handy to remind you. Note that Alison also has a new phone number 07741 737351.

Believers Baptism

A short video clip of Darren's baptism may be viewed here and on our baptism page. The clip shows Darren's testimony and baptism.

Tool Box Project

Do you have any spare tools or craft items? We are collecting them for Tools With a Mission. See the list on our Tool Box Project page for details of what we currently need.

Springfield Stitchers

sewing

Can you knit, crochet or sew?

The Springfield Stitchers need help with various charity projects. If you would like to help or, if you would like to learn to knit, crochet or sew, or if you have unwanted wool or haberdashery (buttons, zips, thread, fabric, sewing machines) please pop along to find out more.

The Springfield Stitchers meet at “The Coffee Hub” every Thursday 9.30 till 12.00 at Springfield Park Baptist Church. Contact Roger for more information.

Chelmsford 24-7

As a church we believe in the power of prayer and that it makes a difference in situations and circumstances. We are part of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, joining with Christians from across our City to pray for the things God lays on our hearts. Please follow this link for more information about how you and your church can get involved: https://chelmsford24-7.org/. Plans for the near future at Springfield Park involve the setting up of a new prayer space and prayer walks around our local area. Watch this space for developments.

Coffee Hub

Come to our coffee drop-in on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 12 noon. All welcome for free coffee, tea and a chat.

From our Foreign Correspondent

India

Cotton picking

See an account of John Lancasters latest visit to India here.

Follow Johns mission trips to India and see more pictures of the people and places he visits by joining Johns mission trip to India on Facebook.


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Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018

If you have an event to add to the diary please email us the details.