We are all born with a sin nature. Because of our sin, we are unable to have a relationship with God without forgiveness.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23
We can’t earn God’s forgiveness – it must be given. Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could be forgiven.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
We must accept this free gift from God by committing our lives and heart to Jesus.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
A Symbol of Your Faith: Baptism
Baptism shows others that you have been made new. It represents your old sinful life being washed clean because of your faith in Jesus.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Celebrate Your Faith
If you’ve made the decision to follow Christ, baptism is one of the most meaningful next steps you can take. Baptism is a public celebration of your decision to follow Christ.