What is Baptism
At Eliot, we see baptism as an outward expression of an inward commitment. When each person is completely immersed under water, we see an awesome illustration of the death and burial of Jesus Christ and our decision to die to our old life. Rising up out of the water, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to overcome sin and death is seen as the celebration of new life in Christ begins!
Baptism is a public symbol of an inward commitment to God. In Acts 8:34-38 we see the account of the Ethiopian Eunuch committing his life to Christ and immediately being baptized.
Baptism symbolizes your new life in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that when we receive God’s gift of salvation, we have new life in Christ, all old things have been washed away, all things are new! When a person goes under the water, it illustrates death to their old life, and the death of Christ. As they come up from the water, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is represented, which also symbolized new life in Christ. This is why a believer’s baptism is always by total immersion.