Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When, by conviction of the Spirit, we turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives by faith, and is secured forever by God’s power. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 10:28-30.)
Baptism is a symbolic testimony of the salvation experience that gives us new and eternal life. The Greek word baptize was Anglicized centuries ago (baptize). The word actually means to immerse, to plunge or to submerge. Baptism in the New Testament always followed a profession of faith and the practice of the day was by immersion. Baptism symbolizes the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. We, therefore, baptize those who have trusted Christ as Savior, and do so by immersion. Baptism, itself, does not save; it is a visual testimony of salvation.
We believe that baptism itself does not save us, but is a sign of obedience to Christ, recognizing that it is a picture of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross through his death, burial and resurrection.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
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