For two thousand years, baptism has been the defining mark of every follower of Christ. It’s a step of obedience in our faith journey in which we declare to the world who we are and, most important, whose we are. We declare that we are no longer who we were, but that we are people who are free from the past and filled with hope for the future. It’s the affirmation that we are no longer clinging to edges of an old life, but that we are going all-in in new life in Christ.
Baptism immerses us into the story of Jesus. We die to all that is old and bury it under the water. And then we are raised in the power of His resurrection to the new life we can experience in Him. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Baptism is also a sacred marker of your decision to follow Jesus. It is a reminder of the forgiveness, freedom, and relationship He initiated with you. On some days, it is hard to really believe we are still forgiven. Some days, we find ourselves wrestling with old hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Some days, we just don’t feel like Jesus is very close. Those are the days when we can cling to that moment of baptism to remember that it’s not about what we’ve done for Jesus, but what Jesus has done for us.
If you have made a decision to follow Jesus and have not yet been baptized, we would love to be a part of that step in your faith journey!