What is Baptism?
Baptism is often described as the first step of obedience in a Christian’s Life. In the new testament, it is so closely associated with a person’s conversion to Christianity that it can sometimes appear to be synonymous with it, much like how people today sometimes refer to their wedding as when they “walked the aisle,” “put on the ring” or, in an older day, when they “tied the knot.” Just as those expressions point to a greater reality, so also is Christian Baptism a symbol of something greater. When a person is immersed in the water during baptism, then raised up out of it, it symbolizes a new believer’s union with Christ in His death for their sins and also their union with him in His resurrection from the dead.
At Morningview, we refer to Baptism as a new believer’s public profession of faith. It is an ordinance of the church in which a person makes a public statement of their new Faith in Christ and their desire to commit their life to following Him.
Though modern practices of Baptism vary widely, the Bible always connects Baptism to the local church. The local church stands as witness to the credibility the new Believer’s faith and then receives him or her into their own community for encouragement, growth and accountability in faithful living.
If you want to commit your life to Christ and follow him, or if you already have, then seeking Baptism with a local Bible believing church is your next step. If your faith is in Jesus, we encourage you to follow his command to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-19)!
If you would like to know more, we would love to walk with you through considering this beautiful opportunity to announce the change that has taken place in your life. Besides being a sort of milestone for a Believer, it is most importantly a beautiful picture of how Jesus paid the penalty for the sins of every one would come to Him.
If are interested in Baptism, please contact us or email us at your convenience. We would love to talk to you about how can become a Christian and how you can follow Jesus with us!