“Therefore we are buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4
Every Christian has a testimony of God‘s grace at work in his or her life. That testimony may vary on many points regarding the circumstances of salvation experience, but the common theme for every witness is ―”Jesus Christ died for me.” Both the Lord’s Supper and baptism remind us of the message of the gospel – that by Christ‘s death, He saves us from sin and binds our hearts together as one. Therefore, we understand baptism to be a visual testimony of one‘s experience with Christ.
“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.” – Romans 6:5
As a Baptist church, one of our biblical distinctives is the position we take on believer‘s baptism. In keeping with our commitment to the Scriptures, Christ Baptist believes that the Bible teaches that we are to baptize by immersion those who put their trust in Christ. In other words, baptism is for those who are believers already (Acts 2:41, 8:12, Matthew 28:19-20). The water of baptism has nothing to do with cleansing or the washing away of our sin. Only the blood of Christ can do that (Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 9:14, I Peter 1:18-19). Instead, the water of baptism represents death and the grave, just as in many places in Scripture water portrays God‘s judgment in death, such as the condemnation of the world of Noah through the flood, or the drowning of the Egyptian army in their pursuit of the Israelites. In baptism, the picture painted by the water in the visible outward symbol is that of a “water grave” into which the believer is immersed, lowered as into the tomb. As the person is then raised from the water, the image of resurrection to new life is portrayed in the minds of those who witness this act of faithfulness to the command of Christ. Colossians 2:12 reflects this identification with Christ as: “…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
For more information about baptism at Christ Baptist Church, please contact our office or talk to one of our ministers or pastors.