We Believe | Water Baptism


    Water baptism is an important part of the life of a believer.  Although baptism is not the means by which we are saved, it is an outward symbol of the inward change in the believing Christian.  Everyone who puts their faith and trust in God is commanded and expected to engage in this public testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ.

    In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We are expected to continue in the ordinance of baptism by immersion until the Lord’s return.

    When a believer is baptized, it symbolizes their identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  Being submerged in the water represents dying to their old nature and burying it away.  When they emerge from the water, it is symbolic of being raised with Christ to newness of life through His resurrection power. [Romans 6:4-6] Baptism also symbolizes the entrance into a community of believers who are one in Christ.

    While baptism does not secure our eternal destiny, it is one of the means by which we are set apart. Baptism sets us apart for the Lord’s use, both individually and corporately. We acknowledge our role in the universal church and in our local fellowship. Those who neglect the practice of baptism rob themselves of the fullness of God’s promises.

    As Peter said, we encourage you to “repent and be baptized!” [Acts 2:38]