What is Baptism?
Baptism is a step we take to follow Jesus: Jesus was baptized, setting the example for us. He was obedient to His Father in this, and we are to be obedient just like Him.
Baptism is important to Jesus: In Matthew 28:19, before he ascended into heaven he told his disciples to make other disciples and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is a public declaration of your faith in Jesus: Baptism is an outward demonstration of an inner reality. Baptism is a visible declaration to the world of your decision to commit your life to Jesus.
Who should get baptized?
Anyone who believe in Jesus: There is not a timetable necessary. Once you believe in Jesus, baptism is a next step in following Him.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
Can children get baptized? We believe that baptism is a matured decision that results in a public declaration of faith in Jesus. Usually, this decision is talked about with a pastor, parent and child.
What does baptism represent?
Baptism is a symbol of death and new life: As a person is immersed in the water, this is a symbol of their old life being dead and buried. As they rise from the water, this symbolizes resurrecting into their new life as a follower of Jesus.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
Baptism indicates salvation, but baptism does not bring salvation: Baptism does cause you to believe in Jesus, it’s a declaration that you already do. Baptism does not bring salvation. All you need is for salvation is faith in Jesus.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
Baptism represents our adoption into one family: Baptism connects us with the eternal family of God…The billions of people throughout all of history and into the future, and to the ends of the earth. In our Christian life we are not meant to walk alone, but to walk with and support one another because of our love for one another. Learning from those who are before us and setting an example to those who will come after us.
“…For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body…” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
What do I need know about my baptism?
- What should I wear? Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. We recommend a light shirt and shorts and undergarments. Please be sure to wear a dark, non-see through shirt. Also, bring clothing and a towel to change into after our baptism.
- Who will baptize me? We believe in the people of the church making disciples. Part of their joy in discipling others is watching them and encouraging them to take their next steps in their faith. If there is someone that has been walking with you to develop your faith (not just a friend, or parent, or spouse, but someone who has been instrumental in your faith) you can ask them if they would like to baptize you. Otherwise, a pastor will be happy to baptize you.
- Who should come? Since baptism is a public declaration of your faith, bring whoever you want to bring. This is a celebration!
- What do I do? You should be prepared to share a testimony as to why you want to be baptized. Usually, there are three things you should be prepared to share:
- How you came to have faith in Jesus.
- Why you want to be baptized.
- A recognition of those who helped you mature in your faith.
This testimony does not have to be long. It can take up to 3-4 minutes if you want.
Finally, please take time answer the following questions:
If you are ready to take the step of baptism, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you with further details.