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Iola, KS 66749

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The Christian life is a life long journey that requires us to move forward in our faith. Our hope is to introduce you to our loving God and equip you for the work that He has called you to. We have provided seven steps below to help you as you prayerfully determine your next step as you move forward in your faith.

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Baptism

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Acts 8:37-38

What is Baptism?

Baptism is a physical act.  You physically enter into the water.  Your body goes under the water and is lifted up out of the water again.  This physical action represents a great spiritual truth. Romans 6:1-14 describes this beautifully... it tells  us how our salvation is like a spiritual baptism that identifies us with Jesus who died, was buried, and rose again.  Our physical baptism is a public declaration that we are Christians, and it pictures the truth of the gospel for all to see.

Does baptism make me saved?

No.  Baptism pictures our salvation, but does not save us.  We are saved by God’s grace, not by anything we do to earn it.  (John 3:16, Eph 2:8-9)

Why should I get baptized?

Baptism is an “ordinance”... meaning that God ordered it to be done.  He gave this ordinance to the church – to baptize those who become Christians.  This partnership between the church and new believers is an act of obedience to God.   Baptism is also a public event that testifies for all see what God has done in your life.  It is as if you are preaching your first message to others through this symbolic demonstration.   If you need to obey God by getting baptized, make sure you invite your family and friends to be witnesses of your testimony.

Can I get baptized?

If you are a Christian (you have been born again by putting your faith in Jesus to save you) you can and should be baptized. (Acts 8:36-38)