What is Baptism?
The word baptism simply means "to submerge", and carries the idea of cleansing or purifying. Water baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality that takes place the moment a person trusts in Jesus—they are baptized into relationship with Him and cleansed of their sin once and for all. Water baptism is also how a person makes a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Through water baptism, a person is saying, “I have died to my old life, Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and He has raised me to new life, to enjoy relationship with Him as His child, and serve Him as my Lord.” For these reasons, God commands us to be baptized.
A new believer in Jesus Christ should desire to be baptized as soon as possible. In the Bible, a man named Philip shared “the good news about Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch, and, “as they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?’” (Acts 8:35–36). Right away, they stopped the chariot, and Philip baptized this man who had placed his trust in Jesus.
If you’ve given your life to Christ, it’s time to be baptized. If you have any questions, you can always make an appointment with one of the pastors, who would be delighted to help encourage you in your new-found faith.