Water Baptism

Water baptism is a symbolic burial, by which the new Christian publicly declares they have died,

and are now beginning a new life, in Christ. Baptize is the English form of a Greek word

which means to immerse: to place something into something else. In Christian water baptism,

the believer is put completely underwater, then immediately raised out of the water.

Water baptism is a statement of faith: my old life is behind me -- I am a new person, with a new life.

Water baptism is a sign of repentance -- repentance means change -- a change so drastic

that the old person is "buried."

It does not make you acceptable to God. As a work of righteousness, trying to obtain a

.good standing with God, it is worthless. Water baptism is a way of giving testimony

to what has happened inwardly, and a clear commitment to turn from the old life.

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