Baptism is the gospel in picture form
Why Be Baptized?
What does water have to do with the Christian life? And why does Peter say “Baptism … now saves you” (1 Pet 3:21)? The answer is simple, if unexpected. Baptism is the gospel in picture form.
Baptism shows we have been washed with Christ’s blood–the blood by which God reconciles “to himself all things” (Col 1:20). This blood is how God declares us righteous and ransoms us from death (Rom 5:9; 1 Pet 1:18-19).
Baptism not only connects us to Jesus’ blood but also his resurrection. As Paul says, “having been buried with him in baptism … you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God” (Col 2:12).
What to Expect
Many people associate baptism with a certain level of skill in public speaking or a second step up the ladder of obedience. Yet, baptism isn’t reserved for the courageous or super-Christians. It is for the weak, for those who recognize their need for Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:28-31).
Calvary baptizes those who profess faith in Christ and show evidence of Christ’s work in their lives. During your baptism, you will be asked four questions and share your conversion story before being dipped in the water.