October 21, 2023
WHAT Is Baptism?
The writers of scripture teach that Jesus Christ's death on the cross paid the full price for our sin. We believe Jesus' resurrection showed His victory over the power of sin and death. Therefore, forgiveness of sin and our salvation occur only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as the sufficient payment for his or her sin. We believe baptism publicly illustrates what has already taken place in a person's heart when they put their faith in Jesus. It is a way of showing others you have entered into a relationship with Him. It tells the world you have:
Trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Publicly declared your new life following Jesus; someone different than you followed before.
Identified with Jesus in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life). It is a symbolic grave that we descend into and arise from.
Been washed clean of your sins and forgiven by Jesus' death on the cross.
Connected yourself to the community of faith called the Church.
It's important to understand that baptism does not "save" you. You are "saved" only by faith in Jesus. Baptism is a demonstration that you already are "saved" and are a follower of Christ. It is evidence of salvation, not a requirement for salvation. A Christ-follower, then, is one who is trusting in or depending upon the work of Jesus alone for his or her salvation.
WHO Should Be Baptized?
Because Jesus instructed his followers to be baptized, baptism is also an act of obedience. If you have put your faith in Jesus, by asking him to be the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life, then you are a follower of Christ and ready to be baptized! Just like a bride and groom show their devotion for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others you are now a follower of Jesus Christ!
WHEN Should Someone Be Baptized?
There is no reason to delay! As soon as you have put your faith in Jesus you can, and should, be baptized. If you're waiting until you're perfect, you'll never be ready.
What is the Process?
At Life, our baptism process has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. Please click the button below and our team will contact you soon.