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In our church we practice baptism by immersion. We understand water baptism is a symbol of spiritual obedience in the life of the believer.
We baptize in order to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself was immersed in baptism in the Jordan River. In addition, it is a powerful symbol of our faith:
We are commanded to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in Matthew 28:19. Although there are other scriptures concerning water baptism (Acts 2:38, Acts 10:48, Acts 19:5, Galatians 3:27) these scriptures emphasize the process of following Christ and repenting of sin, rather than the baptismal formula itself.
The scripture is clear that those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are to be baptized in water. Water baptism validates our faith in Jesus and reveals in a public manner our new life in Him.
Ultimately, water baptism is an act of submission. It is about showing that your heart is yielded to Jesus Christ. Baptism is not done to save us, because only faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ can do that.