Take the next step and publicly declare your salvation by being scripturally baptized.
Baptism is the total immersion of the body in water in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.
As an act of obedience — God commands us to be baptized. Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”
Jesus was baptized as our example. He prefigured His death, burial and resurrection for us and became identified with sinners. When we are baptized, we become identified with Him. Matthew 3:13-16 says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’ But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”
As an open, public declaration of our faith in Christ and His great work for us. Matthew 10:32 says, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” And Romans 10:11 says, “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’
No. Only those already saved should be baptized. Baptism does not wash away sins or help a person to be saved. Baptism is a symbolic act.
Baptism symbolizes two things, mentioned in Romans 6:3-6 above.
It pictures the gospel. The gospel is the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for sinners. When the baptism candidate is put down in the water, they picture the fact that Christ died and was buried for them. When the baptism candidate is raised out of the water, they picture the fact that Christ was raised from the dead for them.
It pictures the fact that when we took Christ as our Savior, we died to our old life of sin and became a new creature in Christ. When the baptism candidate is put down in then water, they picture that their life has been raised from a life of sin to a new life in Christ.
As soon after they are saved as possible. In the Bible, people who were saved were baptized shortly thereafter.
If you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ and would like to be baptized at Open Door Baptist Church, please fill out a baptism application provided in our kiosks and then attend a baptism class. Classes are offered once a month.