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The Meaning of Baptism



Ben Stuart shares the powerful meaning behind baptism on this special Baptism Sunday.

Key Takeaway

Baptism is a symbol of the transformation that takes place after conversion.

What is baptism?

  1. A symbol of what needs to be buried in the past.
  2. A picture of transformation—that the old is gone and buried.
  3. Acknowledging that we are sinful but that God made a way of rescue.
  4. The water does not change us. It's the clean conscience as we recognize Him and what He did.
  5. Declaring that we have a new community with us. We are clothed with Christ and joined a family forged by God.
  6. A command for believers to proclaim their conversion. Faith in Jesus Christ saves you, but this is a declaration of that association.


"I'm not denying what I was, but I'm glorifying Him because of what He's making me, and my new life is going to show you the transformation."

Ben Stuart

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Scripture References

  • Acts 10:47-48
  • Matthew 3:16-17
  • Matthew 28:19
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  • Galatians 3:27-28
  • Romans 6:4
  • Colossians 2:12
  • 1 Peter 3:20-21
Ben Stuart Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries on the campus of Texas A&M. He also earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.