Water baptism was established by Jesus when He called His apostles to make disciples of all nations and to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).
The apostle Paul explained that baptism also represents the believer’s union with Christ:
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:3-4 (ESV)
Immersion in water symbolizes the end of the old way of life. Coming up out of the water represents the new life found in Christ. The person who was previously dead in sin has been made spiritually alive by the same power that raised Jesus from the grave. United with Him, the believer is released from the power of sin.
Paul portrays this life change as putting on new clothes:
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” – Galatians 3:27 (ESV)
Water baptism identifies a person as a disciple of Christ and celebrates passage from the old life into new life in Christ. Simply stated, it is an outward sign of an inward change.
If you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior and have never been baptized consider taking this step. Please contact the Church Office if you would like more information.