In baptism, we are publicly declaring our belief in, and commitment to Jesus. It’s a step of obedience ordained by Christ. In short, baptism is our response to salvation, showing we intend to live a new life, as we turn from sin and choose to follow Jesus.
The symbolic meaning is explained in Romans 6:1-4 and is best portrayed in baptism by immersion. When a person goes under the water, he/she identifies with the death of Christ. To come up out of the water is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ out of death. The person is “acting out” his or her “death to sin” and subsequent new life in Christ. Baptism is one of the two ordinances commanded by Christ and is an act of obedience (Matthew 28:18-19).
Although Stonebridge Church believes in water baptism, it is not a requirement for church membership.
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