Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to one’s faith…
To express interest in being baptized, please complete this Next Steps Form and a pastor will contact you.
“When should I be baptized?” - As soon as possible
New Testament followers of Jesus were baptized immediately after trusting Christ as personal Savior (Acts 2:41; 8:36; 16:14-15).
“Why be baptized?” - Every follower of Jesus should be baptized because . . .
- Jesus commanded it.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...” (Matthew 28:19)
- Baptism demonstrates obedience.
- Jesus set the example (Mark 1:9).
- Jesus’ followers obeyed His command to be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:38).
- Baptism represents a picture of breaking from the past and beginning a new life with Christ.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we to might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
- In the New Testament, baptism is a public testimony of faith.
“So those who received his word (about Jesus) were baptized” (Acts 2:41).
“How will I be baptized?” - By immersion
Like Jesus was–by being immersed in water.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.
(example) “…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
The word “baptize” literally means “to dip under water.” The Greek word “baptizo” means “to immerse or dip under water.” It is the best way to picture a burial and resurrection.
“Is Immersion essential?”
To salvation? No! (1 Corinthians 1:17)
To obedience? Yes! (Matthew 3:13-15)