What is Baptism?
Water baptism is a symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death and depicts a release from the mastery of sin. As a symbol, baptism illustrates several significant realities:
1. Christ’s death and resurrection
2. The disciple’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection
3. The new life in which a disciple walks
4. Cleansing and washing away of sin
Water baptism, therefore, is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work through faith in Christ. Thus, we do not baptize infants.
Why Should a Person Be Baptized?
A person should be baptized to obey the commandments of Christ (Matthew 28:19). Additionally, it provides evidence that a person is a disciple of Christ, that they intend to follow the example of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17).
How Should a Person Be Baptized?
City Life practices baptism by immersion. In the New Testament the Greek word for baptism is “baptizo,” which literally means to plunge, submerge or immerse. We also immerse because it is a clear depiction of our union with Christ in his death and resurrection.
How Do I Pursue Baptism?
If you would like to be baptized or learn more about it, please attend one of our Baptism Classes, which occur several weeks prior to Baptism Sundays. Contact Pastor Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.