What does baptism mean?
Baptism is a symbol of one’s identification by faith with Christ in death, burial, and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5) The lowering of an individual into the water symbolizes his, or her, identification with Christ in His death and burial. Similarly, raising that person from the water symbolizes his or her identification with Christ in His resurrection and new life. (Colossians 2:11-14) Baptism shared on a Sunday morning is an outward expression of an inward experience that has already taken place through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Who should be baptized?
The Bible teaches that every individual who places his, or her, trust in Christ for salvation should be baptized. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) In the origination of the ordinance of baptism, there is a particular order established. The first act was to make disciples, and then, the disciples were to be baptized. This is the pattern carried out in the New Testament.
When are we to be baptized?
As soon as possible! The Bible indicates that baptism is one of the first steps a new follower of Christ takes. It’s not unusual, however, for someone to discover the importance of baptism several years after professing faith in Christ. If this is the case, it would be a good idea to make plans to be baptized at the first available opportunity.
Should I be re-baptized?
That depends upon the significance of your “first” baptism. If you had actually trusted Christ prior to being baptized, there is no need to ever be re-baptized as a sort of second commitment to Him (i.e. “This time I really mean it!”) But, if your first baptism was as an infant, you were unable to personally declare your trust in Christ at the time. Then you should seriously consider baptism now as a believer.
How can I prepare for baptism?
Reflect on how you came to Christ in faith; the process He led you through, culminating in a personal relationship with Himself. Spend some time thinking about the significance of baptism and what it means for your life. Meditate on the biblical passages concerning baptism. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:26-38; 10:48; 16:14-15, 23-24). Ask God to help this be a memorable event in your relationship with Him as you celebrate the fact that Christ is your Lord and Savior (John 5:25; 6:47; I John 5:13).
Why be baptized?
Baptism is a step of obedience for believers, commanded by Christ Himself. (Matthew 28:19). Baptism provides an opportunity for every believer to publicly acknowledge his or her faith in Christ. (Matthew 10:32; Romans 6:1-11). Baptism allows us to follow Christ’s example. (Mark 1:9). While salvation is a free gift of God’s grace alone, the credibility of one’s salvation is demonstrated by obedience. Taking the step of baptism demonstrates our obedience to Christ.
Interested in being baptized?
If you are ready, here are steps to follow:
1. Read over the FAQs above about baptism carefully.
2. Fill out the form below, complete with your faith story.
3. You will have an appointment scheduled to meet with one of our Pastors in helping you prepare for baptism.
If you have any questions, we’d love to be able to answer them. Just email us at [email protected] or you can call us at 252-335-0015.