Baptism is a symbolic declaration of your new relationship in Jesus Christ. It is a response to following Jesus and a first step of obedience.
1. Jesus commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
2. It is a significant Milestone. Baptism is a point in your life when you make your walk with Jesus Christ public. It is a milestone to remember in your path of following God.
1. You identify with Christ's burial and resurrection from the dead. (Colossians 2:12)
2. You declare your new life as a Christian. In the years following Jesus' resurrection, the early church would baptize new believers in a river or lake. Before entering the water, the new believer would take their outer garment off. They would be baptized and then given a new outer garment when they came out of the water. This act was symbolic of the passing of the old life and the person being made new in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Different denominations of the Christian faith baptize differently. We ask that Scripture be your guide as you follow Christ in every decision including Baptism. Being baptized by immersion simply means that you are totally immersed under water (though not for long).
Baptism is discussed in more detail with an opportunity to ask questions in the Next Step class. If you have further questions about the meaning of baptism, please click here to contact us.