What is Baptism?

posted by Bethel Care & Compassion | Jun 20, 2019

Christian baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship.  In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, "I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of sanctification."

Baptism illustrates, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ.

As the sinner confesses the Lord Jesus, he dies to sin (Romans 6:11) and is raised to a brand-new life (Colossians 2:12).  Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation.

Romans 6:4 puts it this way:  "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."  Very simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer's life.

Water baptism is an outward declaration of your decision to follow Jesus.  If you are interested in being baptized, please fill out the Baptism form.  

Baptism opportunities are typically the 3rd Sunday of each month, during both 1st and 2nd services (8:30 and 10:30 am).  However, the next baptism will be in the Columbia River at Leslie Groves Park August 18!  Go here for details and to sign up.

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