Have you made your faith public? It may be time for you to do so! Faith happens first in private, between you and God; but then we make it public through an act of obedience called baptism! Water baptism is a celebration in which the local church celebrates the person professing their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
The Bible teaches that angels in heaven erupt in joy “when a sinner repents.” Why is this a cause for rejoicing? Because when a person professes faith in Christ, they are saved, their sins are removed, and they are washed in the blood of Jesus — at that moment, their nature is changed, and their name is written in the “Lamb’s book of life.”
Water baptism, in and of itself, does not save. Salvation is by grace through faith alone. However, water baptism is the symbolic, outward sign of an internal change. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from death to life. We bury our “old life” and we rise to walk in a “new life” with Christ, telling the world whom we belong to and who we will live for.
Have you experienced this great joy? Have you made this next step in your faith journey? If you have professed Jesus as your Lord and Savior but have not been water baptized, I encourage you to take this next step of obedience and let us celebrate with you, the new life you have in Christ. This will be a significant reminder to you of what has happened in your life while strengthening you in your Christian journey. Let this community of faith commit to disciple, encourage, grow and walk with you in this new life.