When you choose to follow Jesus, he invites you to turn away from your sin and be baptised. What is baptism?
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The Bible says this about baptism:
“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4
Baptism is our opportunity to identify with the greatest act of human history—the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism doesn’t save you—salvation comes by having faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Your guilt before God is removed the moment you trust in Jesus. But baptism is a way of personally identifying with what Jesus has done for you – it’s a way of telling the world that you are now a Christian – a Christ follower!
Baptism is highly symbolic. As you stand in the water waiting to be baptised, you symbolise Jesus dying on the cross. As you are lowered into the water, you symbolise Jesus being buried in the tomb. As you are raised from the water, you symbolise Jesus rising from the dead.
But Baptism is also incredibly spiritual. As you are baptised you are declaring to all heaven and earth that, “I died with Jesus Christ, I was buried with him and now I am raised with Christ to a brand-new life.” You will always be able to look back at your baptism as the day you publicly declared that you are now a new creation in Jesus Christ and nothing can take that from you.
Getting baptised is an amazing experience that we hope every believer will undertake. It’s also something that Jesus asks everyone of us to do (Matthew 28:19).
If you’d like to be baptised then speak to your locations Lead Pastor today.