OUR BELIEFS ABOUT BAPTISM
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…
As a couple exchanges wedding vows, they often put on wedding rings as tokens of their love and commitment. Baptism is like that. It’s an outward statement of faith in what God has done within us. The physical act of going beneath the water and rising back out of it gives us a tangible representation of what has already happened to us spiritually.
By allowing Himself to be killed in our place, Jesus paid the penalty we deserve for our sins. So when we turn from sin to God, believing in His free gift of mercy, it is as though we were crucified, buried and raised from the dead with Him! That’s why He said we should be baptized. It’s a declaration to those around us that we identify with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. And it serves as a life-long reminder that we were reborn innocent and holy because of Jesus, separated from sin and its former power over us.