Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
• You accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
• You are sharing in His death and resurrection, illustrated through baptism by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
• You are symbolically washed clean and your sins are forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at Hope because we believe the Bible shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.