Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism signifies a personal identification with Christ and His Church. Just as one who is married wears a wedding ring as the seal of commitment, so the believer’s experience in baptism is a reminder to self, to the church, and to all others of his or her commitment to Christ.
Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing 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. Baptism is a public declaration of one’s personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture declares that we are to openly and publically profess Christ.
Being a church ordinance, baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. Baptism beautifully symbolizes the changes Jesus made in your life. When you are baptized, going under the water represents the end of your old life without Christ, and coming out of the water represents the beginning of your new life with Christ. Your baptism shows everyone that you are a new person in Jesus Christ.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” Romans 6:3-6, ESV
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. We observe the Lord’s Supper several times throughout the year, and we welcome anyone who is a Christ-follower to participate.