Through water baptism, we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It’s like saying to the Lord Jesus, “Your death is my death - I no longer have to die for my sins. Your life is my life - I now have your eternal life, and I will not die for my sins” (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:13). As you are immersed underwater, you show that you have buried your old, sinful nature, and when you come up out of the water, you show that you have experienced new life and resurrection that belong to you through Jesus.
Baptism is a symbol of a covenant and commitment, much like a wedding ring. This ring does not make a couple married; the ring is a symbol to others of the promise and covenant they made in their hearts to each other. Baptism is a demonstration, testifying before God and man of the promise and covenant a person has made in his heart with Jesus.
Also, there is a very real spiritual work that is accomplished in the waters of baptism because we remember that God has cut away the old, sin-loving nature from our hearts (Colossians 2:12). And when we come up out of the water, we celebrate our new life in Christ. The experience of baptism seals this truth in our hearts and minds for a lifetime.
All those who have committed themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord, by turning away from sin and trusting in Him, should be baptized. While babies may be dedicated to the Lord from birth (1 Samuel 1:21-24), baptism is reserved for believers. Once you have committed yourself to Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord, you are ready for water baptism.
Sunday, May 21 at 12:45pm
Karen Nowlan | 685-4821 ext. 109 or email