Imagine a wedding. The bride and groom are standing in front of the church taking turns promising “until death do us part.” These two young lovers don’t look any different on the outside, but in just a moment they will be united for life by invisible cords. In order to symbolize that union, the bride and groom exchange rings. These bands of precious metal tell the world they are now married - a permanent change has happened to them.
You see, marriage depends on a commitment, not a symbol. The same is true with becoming a Christian. The rings and the baptism don’t do the job - they are only the symbols of the commitment that has already been made. For baptism to have meaning, you must understand that IT does not save you - it is a testimony that Christ has ALREADY saved you, on the basis of your repentance and faith. Baptism is appropriate only for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If that has been done, then the outward symbol of baptism should be as valued and visible as the gold ring on a newlywed’s finger.
If you were baptized as an infant, it was as an act of dedication on the part of your parents and the church intending that you would be raised in such a way as to one day make the decision as an adult to be a follower of Christ. Being baptized as an adult in no way rejects the baptism you received as a child; it is the fulfillment of the prayers offered for you at the time of your infant dedication.
We typically baptize two times yearly at Cornerstone. Inquire at the Welcome Center for our next opportunity.