We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
When a couple gets married, they lock eyes with each other and promise these words, “till death do us part.” After they have made their vows to one another, they most often exchange rings as a symbol of their commitment. The rings come after the vows. In a similar way, after a person makes a faith commitment to follow Jesus Christ and walk in a new direction, this commitment is expressed visibly by being baptized. Baptism, then, is an outward sign of your inward faith.
Baptism is also rich with symbolism:
- We are sharing in Jesus’ death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
- We are washed clean by the water, since our sins were forgiven by Christ’s shed blood and death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it publicly proclaims our love and commitment to Christ. We invite you to prayerfully consider taking this step of faith and obedience this summer. Baptism provides a visual reminder of His resurrection and a believer’s new life in Christ.
Baptism is coming! Is this your moment?
On Sunday, August 16th, at 10:30 am we are gathering together at Grand Haven State Park Beach in Grand Haven for a special Lake Michigan baptism. If you are interested in being baptized sign up at the information table, find more information and sign up here.
“So what are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized…” – Acts 22:16