The act of water baptism is an important step in your spiritual journey. We believe that baptism is an outward expression of the grace of God in the life of a believer, and is symbolic of salvation, not a part of it. Therefore, we believe that anyone professing a personal faith in Jesus should be baptized as an adult.
Believer's baptism has deep, significant meaning for our lives as followers of Christ. First, being baptized after we have begun a relationship with Jesus Christ allows us to publicly express that we have indeed received His love, and in turn are committed to giving Him our entire lives. This giving and receiving is a kingdom principle that can be found all throughout scripture. God's redemptive process is embodied through acts of giving and receiving; God chooses to use us to accomplish His perfect will.
Secondly, baptism is deeply significant because it gives us an opportunity to obey Him. It is the first outward step of obedience for those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior (Matthew 28:19, 20).
Thirdly, we mark ourselves as Christ's followers when we in fact follow Christ in His example (Mark 1:9, Acts 18:8). Through the act of baptism, we become a part of God's illustration, or story, of His love for humankind. As we are lowered into the water, those around us are reminded of Christ's burial and the death of our old life. As we are raised out of the water, we are reminded of our new life through His resurrection.
Lastly, as we are open about our faith through baptism, God promises us in return that he will open the way to fullness of the Holy Spirit, healing, and deliverance (Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 10:2). As you consider being baptized, meditate on these scriptures as your foundation as you move forward in His perfect will for your life.
If you’re interested in being baptized, simply click on the upcoming baptism opportunity on your campus. You can also watch Pastor Scott Stevens message to learn more about importance and meaning of water baptism.