“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did” (Romans 6:11-16, The Message).
Tonight at Kairos, we celebrated the baptism of four individuals. We believe that none of them were saved by the act of baptism but that each of them chose immersion into the water as a response in obedience to what Jesus has already done in and through them.
While we believe that baptism is an outward symbol of an inward transformation, we also believe that it’s more than just getting wet in a baptistry.
The water is more than just mere water.
The water is a declaration of dying to self and coming alive in Christ. The old adage in baptism holds true — buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.
We believe that the water represents a surrender to the call of Jesus and a willingness to follow, regardless of the consequences. Even if it means losing our lives. We still believe that you find your life by losing it and you find your most fulfilling life by giving it away.
Most of all, it means that Jesus doesn’t make you a better or more improved you. He makes you brand new. That is the gospel.