By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. (Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.)
See also these Bible lessons from previous years:
- God’s Assurance in Baptism and Communion – Lesson 11 in the series on “Our Assurance in Salvation,” by Hans K. LaRondelle.
- In “The Baptism of the Spirit,” the lesson author notes that “Baptism in the Spirit, or conversion, ideally precedes water baptism. Baptism in water is an outward demonstration of the change that has already taken place in the heart.” From “The Holy Spirit” lesson series by Arnold V. Wallenkampf.
- In “United to Christ” lesson of the series, “The Doctrine of Atonement,” (2008d) author Ángel M. Rodríguez notes that “Jesus was pronounced Son of God at His baptism, and we participate in His Sonship through adoption at baptism.”