This is an important question for every believer to ask. Whether we’ve recently been saved or we’ve been saved many years, the answer to this question has profound importance for our Christian life.
In Mark 16:16 the Lord Jesus said,
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
One thing we need to be clear about is that only believing in Christ saves us from being condemned by God. We can see in the second half of this verse that not believing is the only matter mentioned in relation to being condemned. Additionally, John 3:16 confirms this point by saying that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ”
So we are assured that if we’ve received the Lord Jesus, we are a child of God. We’ve been saved from God’s condemnation and we will never perish.
Now that you are saved there is a change inside of you, the world may not know it but you are a new creation. The old sinful nature has been put to death, crucified with Christ.
Romans 6:3-5 says, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"
And so we find a picture in baptism. Just as we have died and raised again spiritually, we make a show of this physically in baptism. It is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s faith in Jesus Christ. It signifies that the former way of life has been put to death and depicts the raising up of a new life committed to following Christ.
We see it demonstrated in Acts 8:36-38 "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."
After salvation the first step for the new believer is a public identifying of themselves with Christ through baptism.
First, make a profession that you have been saved by the finished work of Jesus Christ apart from any works by yourself. Then either fill out our baptism form by clicking the button below, or contact our connections pastor James Lingerfelt to discuss our next baptism service.
For all interest in baptism for students in 8th grade and younger, we would like to have one of our staff meet with the child and parent to discuss salvation. Once we are sure that the child understands salvation and has made a profession of faith we are more than happy to baptize them. To start the process fill out our baptism form by clicking below, or contact our connections pastor James Lingerfelt to discuss our next baptism service.