We are excited that you are interested in baptism because we believe it is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Saviour. Our desire is that every follower of Christ who calls Word and Life Church ‘home’ would be baptised
Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation, or eternal union with God, occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment or sacrifice for his or her own sin. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord (leader of your life) and Saviour, then you are ready to be baptised. Just like a bride and groom show their love for one another to others by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is the opportunity to show others you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolises what took place in your heart at the time of salvation: You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. You shared in His death and resurrection. This is illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life) and then rising again (new life). You were washed clean and your sins were forgiven through His death on the cross. Jesus instructed us to be baptised. Baptism is an act of obedience. It is not necessary for salvation, but it demonstrates our submission to God.