In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus commands his followers to...“go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”
Baptism is the means by which followers of Christ are identified.
In passages such as Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12 and Acts 10:47-48 it is clear that being baptized follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation. The New Testament records the Baptisms of individuals who 'chose' to be baptized and were fully aware of their decision. We do celebrate child dedication, but not infant baptism.
Baptism was never intended to provide salvation for an individual, but rather to publicly identify a person with Christ. In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion mode of Baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under the water represents Christ’s death and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.
You do not have to be baptized to be a Jesus follower, any more than you must exchange rings to be pronounced man and wife. But if the inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of Baptism should be as valued and as visible as the gold ring on a spouse's finger.
We believe at King Street Church that water baptism is the next step in following Jesus. Water Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. Being baptized in water does not save us, but is a public confession that Jesus has become our Savior.
Water Baptism is an act of identification with Jesus Christ;in his death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5) and is an act of obedience, which serves as a signal to others of your intention to follow Jesus. The Bible instructs every Christian to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)
It is our privilege to help you take this next step of obedience as you follow Christ on your journey of faith.
—Pastor Dave Larmour