Understanding Water Baptism
Water Baptism is a picture of the gospel message. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life again. In baptism, this glorious truth is seen in rich symbolism. Indeed, when we are baptized, we are identifying ourselves with Christ. In the waters of baptism, we are “buried” with Christ “into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4).
The Bible says, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). As sinners, we have earned the penalty of death. But, thankfully, Christ has freed us from the penalty and power of sin. In baptism that freedom is beautifully portrayed when we are raised up out of the waters.
Salvation is a work of grace brought about by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). But, saving faith is faith in action. It is more than a mental agreement r belief. It is a spiritual conviction that is demonstrated through obedience. Baptism is our biblical response to the gospel. It is the benchmark of saving faith – the obedient response that sets our faith in motion.
At First Baptist Collinsville, we practice baptism by immersion. This is our practice because this was how Jesus was baptized. In Greek, the word for baptism means “to dip under water.” Of course, immersion best symbolizes burial and resurrection.
God expects believers to be baptized. In baptism, Christ’s death and resurrection are pictured; we are identified with the Lord; and our faith is confirmed by our obedience.
If you have put your trust in Christ and are ready to be baptized, please contact us to schedule your baptism.
Congratulations on taking this important step of faith!