The Bible teaches that baptism is the way that new followers of Jesus announce to the world their faith in Him. When Jesus was baptized to serve a model for us, He was immersed under water, as were all the other baptisms mentioned in the Bible.
The believer’s immersion under the water symbolizes Christ’s death and burial. When the believer rises up from beneath the water it celebrates Christ’s victorious resurrection from the grave.
Baptism is intended to celebrated only after someone puts their faith in Jesus, which would exclude infant baptism (christening). Baptism in itself does not save or make someone a Christian.
Baptism is the way someone who has already become a Christian publicly shares it. At First Baptist Choctaw, we enjoy celebrating believer’s baptism in our weekly worship services as often as possible.
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