RAISED TO LIFE
THE IMPORTANCE OF BAPTISM
What is baptism?
The word "baptism" as it appears in the Bible means immersion (the process of going under the water followed by coming back up from the water). Baptism doesn't make you "saved" - only faith in Christ does that. Once you've decide to follow Jesus, baptism is the step you take as a statement to let people know about this incredible step in your journey. Like a wedding ring, baptism is a visible reminder of an inward commitment already made in your heart.
Why get baptized?
We are identifying with Jesus' experience and demonstrating outwardly in our baptism that we are dying to our old life, buring that old life, and rising to live the new life (See Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:12). We put on Jesus' values and priorities. We surrender to Jesus' ways. We make him not only the Forgiver of our sins, but the Leader of our lives as well. That means saying "I'm no longer in charge...Jesus is." (See Galatians 2:20). You're ready to put your old life behind you, and put your new life into Jesus' hands. (See Acts 2:38, Colossians 3:5-10, and John 1:12,13).
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