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Baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of their faith in Jesus. Baptism illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ. When we receive Christ as Savior, we die to sin (Romans 6:11) and are raised to a brand-new life (Colossians 2:12). Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation. Baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life. It is an act of obedience to the Lord after salvation and although it is closely associated with salvation, baptism is not a requirement for salvation. Since baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, everywhere the gospel is proclaimed and people are being drawn to faith in Christ, they should be baptized. Have you placed your faith in Jesus? Have you been baptized by immersion since then? If not, let us know! We would love to have that privilege!

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