“One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” Ephesians 4:5

What is Baptism?

As a church we stand on the Word of God. Baptism always follows belief. Once a person has decided to follow Jesus Christ, Jesus commands us to be water baptized. It is a public declaration of a change that has happened in the heart.

In Matthew 3:13-17 we see Jesus, humbling Himself in baptism at the hands of John the Baptist. This was the beginning of His earthly ministry. And then in Acts 8 we see Simon, a magician in Samaraia, who was quickly baptized after his confessed belief in Jesus Christ.

FAQs

Baptism does not save you. It’s clearly established in the Bible that you are saved only by accepting God’s free gift of grace.

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9

While baptism is not what saves us, baptism is necessary in that Christ commands it. To understand the reason for being baptized, it is important to carefully consider what the Bible says about it. Check out the next couple of questions to get more context on this.

•   It’s an opportunity to follow Jesus’ example.

Jesus, Himself, was baptized. He was not a sinner, yet He humbled Himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow. All genuine Christ-followers should want to obey Jesus by doing what He said.

•   It’s an act of obedience.

Throughout Scripture, we are taught to live a life of obedience—to back up our faith with actions—so that we grow closer in our relationship with God and live a life that points others to Him. Baptism is the first step for those who choose to follow Christ.

•   It allows you to go public with your faith.

Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus. It is a public profession of your faith in Jesus and your commitment to Him. It is the next step after salvation and is an important foundation for the Christian life.

•   It allows you to identify with Christ’s death and resurrection.

Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.

•   It’s a celebration of your new life.

 Baptism is also a symbol of your new life in Christ. When we come out of the water during baptism, it symbolizes that we have buried the old life of sin and have been raised to a new life in Christ. Here is one simple way to explain baptism:

A wedding ring is a symbol of the covenant between a husband and a wife. In the same way, baptism is a symbol of our commitment to Christ. Wearing a wedding ring doesn’t make you married and removing it doesn’t end your marriage—it is simply the symbol of the commitment you made to each other. And much like a wedding is a formal ceremony where the bride and groom—in front of family and friends—profess their love and commitment to each other publicly, baptism is the public declaration of your faith and your relationship with Jesus.