Baptism is one of the two sacraments that the Churches of Christ in Christian Union practice. The other sacrament is the taking of communion.
We believe baptism to be an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. It involves more than our human actions, more than the application of water, and more than merely our witness to our faith in Jesus Christ. As a sacrament, baptism signifies the way God interacts graciously through the Holy Spirit to bring us salvation and strengthen us along the path of discipleship. We believe that baptism means God’s cleansing from the guilt of our sin. Water baptism signifies our dying to our old life of sin and being renewed and cleaned through the new life in Christ.
Baptism by water is an outward confession and testimony of the believer’s relationship to Christ and separation from the world. While we prefer immersion in running water, but we believe that the mode is not so essential as the fact. We leave the candidates to choose the method whereby they wish to be baptized, whether by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 1:13-17).
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