What is baptism?
Baptism is a necessary step in your spiritual journey of faith in Christ. Baptism does not make you a believer. It is simply an obedient response and expression of your faith and commitment to Christ. Every example we see in the Bible demonstrates that first a person comes to believe in Christ and then he or she is baptized as an expression of that belief. Baptism is the means by which followers of Christ are identified. In Matthew 28:19 (NLT), Jesus commands his followers: Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
What is the significance of baptism?
In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how baptism by immersion identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going underwater signifies Christ’s death and burial, coming up out of the water illustrates his resurrection. Baptism symbolizes your commitment to place Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life.
When you come to faith in Christ, an inner change takes place. Baptism is the outward symbol of the inward commitment you have made to Jesus Christ. It is the first step of obedience in your journey with Jesus and a public statement of your faith.
Why be baptized?
To follow Christ’s example:
One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan river. – Mark 1:9 (NLT)
To demonstrate your faith:
…Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized. – Acts 18:8 (NLT)
Why be baptized by immersion?
Jesus was baptized by being immersed in water. (Matthew 3:16)
Every baptism in the Bible was immersion under water. (Acts 8:38-39)
The word baptize literally means “to dip or immerse under water.”
Baptism by immersion is the best way to symbolically illustrate a burial and resurrection.
What about infant baptism?
In the Bible, Jesus held children, prayed for them and taught us all to welcome them. But, he did not baptize them or tell anyone else to baptize them. Parents often baptize their child intending for them to one day become a follower of Christ. If you were baptized as a child, then your adult baptism can be viewed as a fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. In no way does it renounce your baptism as a child.
When are baptisms?
We offer the opportunity for public baptism each weekend at every service. If you prefer something more private, we can schedule that at another time. We also have Baptism Weekends periodically each year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your baptism.
I'm ready to be baptized, what is the next step?
If you still have questions about baptism or would like to schedule your baptism, contact us via email at email@example.com or via phone 714.536.2589.