When a person is baptised they are identifying with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It is an outward demonstration of what has already taken place inwardly.
The word baptise is a Greek word which means, to put under water so as to submerge, and then to take it out again. Christian water baptism is the physical act of being submerged under water after you have repented of your sin and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, that expresses a spiritual reality. The reality it speaks of is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead for us and that we are saved by believing in this gracious act from God. Water baptism itself does not save us, but what it is symbolic of surely does.
If you’d like to know more about being baptised then visit the Next Steps Desk on Sunday or email firstname.lastname@example.org