We do regular baptisms to obey Christ's command to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Baptism physically pictures Christ's spiritual work of salvation in the believer's life. Learn more below.
Baptism is a Biblical ordinance that pictures what the Spirit of God has done for each believer the moment he/she believes the gospel. The Spirit of God baptizes us into Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13) and we become identified with His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6). Therefore, water baptism is a physical picture of the spiritual realities of salvation.
Baptism is a public confession and testimony whereby the believer publiclly states that he is now identified with Christ not only in the spiritual realm, but in our daily life. It is a public association with Jesus Christ. Baptism does not associate you with a church or a denomination, but with Jesus Christ.
Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ. He wants every believer to make a public confession of faith. It is extremely important to Christ that we say to our friends and relatives that we are now followers of Jesus Christ. To be baptized is to obey; to not be baptized, is to disobey. Some final thoughts on baptism:
- Baptism does not save. We are saved by grace through faith, not through baptism (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Baptism is because of salvation, not the cause of it.
- We believe that baptism is by full-immersion. The word baptize means “to dip into” or “immerse into” and this represents the believer’s death and burial with Christ (Rom 6:4). Full immersion best represents this spiritual reality.