What is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision. It’s when you proclaim to everyone that you are a Christ Follower! As a wedding ring identifies the husband with his wife, so baptism identifies a Christian with Christ. That identity is with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
Romans 6:3-5 says: “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”
Baptism not only identifies us with Jesus Christ but it also identifies us with His local church. Acts 2:41-42 “And those who accepted his message were baptized, and about 3,000 were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Is Baptism for me?
- Christ commands it. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus says “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)
- Christ was our example. Matthew 3:13, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.”(ESV)
- Believers in the Bible practiced it. “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41, ESV)
What if I am not baptized?
While baptism is not a requirement for salvation, it is an important first step of obedience to Christ. You are missing the blessing you could have through your public identification with Him. If you have no desire to be baptized, perhaps you should ask yourself if you truly understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
The best thing for you to do as a new believer in Jesus Christ is to start out on the right step of being baptized to demonstrate your trust in Jesus Christ! You never know who is watching and what your testimony will mean to their life!
When should I be baptized?
So, keep watch for our next baptism service so that you can share what God has done in your life with everyone!
How can I be baptized?
We have a class before every baptism for those who want to know more about baptism or who wish to be baptized. You can see the event below under “Baptism Events”. If you would like to sign up to be baptized, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch soon.
What if my child wants to be baptized?
If your child is in 5th grade or younger, the February 25 class will be for parents and children. The children will have a special kids only class on February 28 at 6:30. The form will ask for you to indicate if it is being filled out for a child.