We believe that a person must be “born again” by water and spirit to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (John 3:3-7) This is done by receiving the baptism that we saw from the example of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 3: 15)
Baptism is “a rite of washing with water as a sign of religious purification and consecration.” It signified purity or cleansing from sin and devotion to God.
Baptism is how we get into Christ accompanied by faith and repentance. It is a sign that we have accepted Christ, His gospel and the terms for our complete surrender. It is like external washing with water but internally, washing away of sin by God.
It is like clothing ourselves with Christ and make us identified with living a new life, receiving the holy spirit as an act of faith in God’s terms and not ours. It is a point when we stop living for ourselves and start living for Jesus. We do this by dying to ourselves and coming alive in Christ. It is also how and when we scripturally make a conscious decision to dedicate our lives and enter into a relationship with Christ. True relationship with God starts with accepting Christ and becoming a part of His church. (John 1: 12-13; Acts 2: 38, 41, 47)
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