Water Baptism

What is it? The word baptize means “To dip under water” and is one of the two ordinances of the church. Baptism doesn´t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it´s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.

Why immersion? We believe in baptism by immersion because Christ was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16) Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.

Who should be baptized? Everyone who believes in Christ should be baptized. Once you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can be baptized. We ask you to speak with a staff member to help ensure that you have a clear understanding of water baptism and to schedule when you want to be baptized. There are no age restrictions as this ordinance has nothing to do with chronological age.

What should I wear? You will want to wear shorts or capris and a shirt that doesn’t become see through when wet. You will want to bring a towel, change of clothes, and a bag to put your wet clothes in. A changing room is provided for you.

A few Scripture references: Acts 2:31, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 8:38-39, Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 2:12