New Life Baptist Church
QE Park Centre
Railton Road,
Queen Elizabeth Park,
Guildford
GU2 9LX
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Baptism

To be a Christian requires us to live a distinctive life that is different. It requires a commitment beginning with our conscious turning from known sinfulness in our lives such as selfishness, lying, hatred, bitterness, a lack of faithfulness in our relationships and being determined to put Jesus first in our lives. Christians are called to love God with all out heart and mind and to love our neighbours as ourselves in a lifestyle that reflects the character of Jesus.

Baptism

The decision to do this is sometimes called Conversion or turning to Christ. It's a decision that will affect our beliefs and our behaviour.

Baptism identifies our decision to be a Christian once and for all. It's a bit like getting married - a public confession of your loyalty to Jesus Christ; a lifelong commitment and a time to celebrate. In baptism also God cleans us from the inside out and gives a fresh new start with the beginnings of our new charter which takes a lifetime to further develop!

So baptism indicates our commitment to Jesus; it also indicates our commitment to Jesus' family, the Church. Indeed baptism is a baptism into the family of Jesus - the family of all Christian believers throughout the world. In the New Testament, baptism indentified who the true believers were.

Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12 v 13)

When a person is baptised (normally during a Sunday morning service) the candidate makes a statement to show they are repenting of their sin and choosing to follow Jesus Christ, acknowledging that Christ died in their place and their determination to live for him thereon after.

Membership

Because there are so many churches we can choose to join, we need to decide where we are going to fulfil our baptism promises, especially the promise that expresses our commitment to other Christian believers. Church Membership is generally automatic for people being baptised for the first time, but for those who have moved to our locality and have decided to join New Life Baptist Church, we have a short ceremony of welcoming people into Church Membership. It is a renewal of our baptism vows that we are committing to fulfil particularly in the context of New Life Baptist Church.

The direction and future of New Life Baptist Church is something we believe comes from God rather than the Leadership Team. Most of the day to day decisions are made by the Leadership or Staff teams, but major decisions are made at Member Meetings. These are held 5 or 6 time a year. Whilst Members Meetings are open to anyone to attend, ultimately, it is the church members who, through their membership have expressed their commitment to NLBC, shoulder the responsibility for major decisions. Therefore, if a vote needs to be taken it is normally limited to church members.

Membership is open to those who:

Anyone who was baptised as an infant may become a member although they are encouraged to give prayerful consideration to being baptised as a believer.

A person wishing to become a Member of the Church shall apply to the Leadership Team; we can arrange for Baptism and Membership classes for anyone interested those considering these things.