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Baptism

The Bible presents baptism as an outward sign of faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus, declaring the believer’s faith in and identification with their crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism is a visible message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, identifying the Christian with his death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19–20; Rom. 6:1–11; 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 2:12).


Q: HOW DO YOU DO BAPTISMS?

A: The Greek word used for baptism in the New Testament, baptizo, means “to plunge, dip, or immerse in water.” For example, in the secular ancient Greek, this word was used to explain things such as the sinking of a ship that had been submerged in water. In baptism, the believer is immersed beneath the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We baptize Christians in the same way as Jesus: immersed in water and then brought up out of the water (Mark 1:10; Acts 8:34–39).


Q: WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

A: Baptism is for believers. A believer is someone who has realized that their sin has separated them from God, and that they need a solution. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Jesus Christ alone for salvation. When a person decides to be baptized, they are declaring two things. First, “Jesus, I need you to be the Savior of my life. I need you to do for me what I can’t do for myself by forgiving me and restoring my broken relationship with God." And second, “Jesus, I want you to be the King of my life. Because of your mercy and goodness, my life is yours from this day forward, all of it!"


Q: IF I WAS BAPTIZED AS AN INFANT, SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

A: If you were baptized as a child, it was the hope of your parents that one day you would choose to follow Jesus with your life. Your baptism as an adult is a personal decision on your part to declare your trust in Jesus as Savior, and your allegiance to Him as King. In many ways, a person who was baptized as an infant is saying, ‘that which my parents longed for in my life, I am now choosing.’ If you have made a faith commitment to Christ, we would encourage you to be baptized again as an adult.


Q: I'M READY TO BE BAPTIZED, WHAT'S MY NEXT STEP?

A: Fill out the form below, and be sure to include any questions you might have about baptism. We'll get in touch with you as soon as possible :)

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