Water Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him.
” At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9
You may be pondering in your mind what role does baptism have in the life of a modern-day Christian? Is this just an old, antiquated concept that our parents had? Is it just a for a formality that has no significance? All of these are questions that need answers. These are the questions that are in the hearts of Christians who take seriously their salvation and their walk with God. It is not for the socialite Christian who basically sees Christianity as a superficial creed for those who want to have some abstract encounter with “the Man Upstairs”. I use that term sarcastically because he is more than a “Man Upstairs” He is a living Lord whose life has the power to change a dying world.
Water Baptism represents 3 things:
1. Death – Specifically Jesus’ death. Christ died on the cross for you. Revelation 1:5 says His blood washes away our sins. Romans 6 says that we died to sin and no longer live in it. Our old nature was crucified with Him. The water is a symbol of washing away the old person.
2. Burial- Going under the water represents His burial. Christ was buried and was in the tomb for 3 days. Our old nature and sin habits are buried with Him.
3. Resurrection – When you come out of the water. We are raised with Him and now live a new life in Christ.
Don’t agonize over baptism any longer!
Here are the answers to whether baptism is an antiquated ritual or a vital part of our lives in faith. Stressing that baptism does not equal salvation, the book clarifies its vital role in our lives.
- We have baptism services in the first week of every month.
- You have to be a member of Karuna Sadan Ministry to be baptized.
- A brief teaching explaining water baptism is given to the candidate before baptism.