Baptism is an outward expression of the internal change that takes place in the heart of a believer. It is a symbolic act to profess one’s salvation, and while we do not believe it is a requirement for salvation, it is commanded by God. Baptism is a celebration of a believer’s decision to trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38
Why Water Baptism / Immersion?
The original Greek word ‘baptizo’ literally means ‘to immerse or dip’. When Jesus was baptized it was by immersion and we see that each account of baptism in the Bible was done in this manner. When we are lowered into the water it represents our old way of life being buried along with Christ in his death. Then we are raised out of the water, just like Jesus was raised from the dead, so we can walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4, Matthew 3:16
Who is a Candidate for Baptism?
Baptism is for anyone who has turned from their sin, surrendered their life to Christ, and promise to die to themselves in order to live for Him on a daily basis. Water baptism is a one-time event that takes place after you have put your faith in Jesus. If you were baptized as a baby, we honor your parents decision to commit you before God in that act. We also believe that that commitment by your parents was prior to your commitment to Christ and making a conscious choice to trust your life to Christ. Because of this, we would encourage you to get baptized now that you have made a personal relationship with Jesus, taking ownership of your faith.
When do we do Baptisms?
We are prepared to do baptisms anytime someone is ready to make that step of obedience. We will go out of our way to celebrate with you and nothing can hold us back from making that happen. We encourage you to celebrate that with us on a Sunday morning with our church family as it is your way of sharing this step with your community and going public with your faith!