What is the Meaning of Baptism?
Baptism is a visual representation of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) ”…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him.” (Colossians 2:12)
Baptism depicts the washing away of my sin. “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)
Baptism symbolizes a believer’s new life in Christ. “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
The act of baptism does not make a person a Christian. Salvation comes only by the grace of God through the faith of the believer! Baptism is a picture of what has already taken place in the life of the person being baptized.
If you have further questions or wish to discuss participating in believer’s baptism at Bethlehem Baptist Church, please contact a member of our church ministry team.