What Is Baptism?
Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It expresses the believer’s death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to a new kingdom life in Jesus.
Baptism Declares the Gospel. It’s not merely a right of passage or religious ceremony; it’s a visible declaration that you've have been made new through Jesus Christ. Through public baptism by water, we declare that we have found salvation in Jesus Christ and now identify ourselves with his family, the Church, both locally and globally. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
Baptism Displays the Gospel. It’s a symbolic drama where you act out publicly what has taken place inwardly. You are displaying that through Jesus, you have been washed clean and are a new creation (Acts 22:16). Those who are baptized with Christ, now “put on Christ” and display him to all they encounter. (Galatians 3:27)
Baptism is a Way to Experience the Gospel. Through immersion under water, you identify with Jesus Christ in his death and burial, showing that through receiving salvation, you are putting to death the old way you used to live. Coming up out of the water identifies you in the resurrection of Jesus for our new life in him. (Colossians 2:12-13)