We do our baptisms a few times a year, right outside Bowman Hall at the end of a worship gathering. The outdoor, public setting of the baptism is a powerful picture of what is happening in baptism, as men and women are making a public declaration that their life and hope are in Jesus.
For us, baptism is an outward symbol of the inward transformation that God has already accomplished in the heart. As a person is immersed under water, we remember that Jesus was killed and placed in a grave. And as that person is lifted up out of the water, we remember the victory Jesus won for us in his resurrection. Baptism is a profound reminder of the gospel and God’s promise to rescue us, his lost and broken people.