WHAT IS IT?
Baptism, for us at Remnant Church, is complete immersion in water that acts as a representation of what has taken place on the inside of you. Baptism represents what a believer experiences in Christ through salvation. Immersion in the water depicts us dying to ourselves. Rising out of the water illustrates us raising back up in Christ as a new creation.
BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE
Being baptized does not save you. Only believing by faith, through Christ alone can you be saved and have eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
BAPTISM IS NOT NECESSARY FOR SALVATION
While Jesus was our ultimate example of the importance of baptism, we must understand that you do not have to be baptized to be saved. However, it is something that is an outward expression showing everyone the new life you now have in Christ.
WHY SHOULD ONE BE BAPTIZED?
Matthew 3:13-17 Matthew 28:18-20 Galatians 3:27
To follow the example of Christ
To obey the commands of Christ
As evidence that a person is a disciple of Christ
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
As mentioned above, baptism is an outward expression of what has taken place on the inside of you. The act of baptism is a proclaimation to your friends, family and church body that you are now a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old you has passed away, and now you are completely new in Jesus.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
If you have received Christ in salvation, then the answer is NOW.
Acts 8:36-38: “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?” Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”