Baptism is for those who have a personal faith relationship with Christ. Just as baptism follows repentance and faith in the basic doctrine list of Hebrews 6:1-3, it's the next step after an individual repents of their sins. Peter exhorted, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins" (Acts 2:38).
Other verses in the Book of Acts also demonstrate this order, specifically Acts 16:30-34, where the Philippian jailer asked what he needed to do to be saved. Paul and Silas answered him by saying, "believe in the Lord Jesus." After hearing, he and his whole family, who had also come to believe, were baptized.
The significance of water baptism is an outward sign of an inward work. The Bible teaches it's both symbolic and spiritual in nature. Symbolically, the believer makes a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and identifies with His death, burial and resurrection. Immersed in water, we bury our sin nature; rising out of the water, we rise to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4). Spiritually, there is an inward work of the heart that takes place (Colossians 2:11-12).
The method of administering water baptism at BCC is by immersion. This is done because of the implications of death, burial and resurrection, and the meaning of the primary Greek verb, “bapto,” meaning "to submerge or immerse".
As a result of these beliefs, we encourage parents to dedicate their infant children to the Lord and wait until the children come into their own personal relationship with Jesus before being baptized.
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