1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:1-4 (ESV)
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:5-11 (ESV)
Baptism symbolizes Jesus’ death. Jesus took on all of our sin and when he rose again 3 days later he was given a new body. When we are baptized we go under the water, which is like Jesus’ burial, and then we rise up like Jesus did from the dead. It is an outward, witnessed expression of our belief in Jesus. It is us choosing a new way to live. We are dead to sin and alive to God. We live our life in a way that shows glory to Him.
Think about someone in your life who has put their faith in Jesus. Invite them to be baptized at Freedom Hill on July 31, 2022. If you have recently put your faith in Jesus, sign up to be baptized.