Baptism is a visible symbol of God’s saving work within a person. It is the outward sign of what God has done in your heart—you have put your faith in Jesus Christ. If you have repented of your sins and believed on Christ alone as your Lord and Savior, the next step of obedience to Him is water baptism.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe the decision to be baptized is up to the individual, so it’s important that he or she fully understands what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This is one of the reasons we do not have infant baptisms.
Once someone professes faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the Bible shows that they should proclaim the life change that has occurred—the watching world needs to know.
- Believers are those who have realized that their sins have separated them from God.
- A believer has given up all efforts to reach God through their own good works or religious activity. The good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness cannot be earned—it is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- A believer concludes that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that bring them into a right relationship with God.
- A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for his or her salvation.
The Bible—God’s Word—is our standard for everything. It shares the truth about baptism and gives us a pattern to follow.
Jesus' final recorded words to His followers before His ascension to heaven express the importance He placed on Baptism. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His followers, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism does not provide salvation for an individual, but rather serves to identify the individual publicly as a follower of Christ. In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48, the act of Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ’s death—and a believer's death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer's new life in Christ.
Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ that follows an individual's acceptance of salvation by God's grace alone. Baptism isn't a prerequisite for salvation; however, if an inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of that commitment—Baptism—should follow, as is modeled throughout the New Testament in the lives of those choosing to follow Christ.
Based on God’s Word, these are the truths we believe about baptism:
- Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ, fulfilled by individuals who have submitted themselves to Him.
- Baptism symbolizes that someone has received forgiveness and Jesus is now their King, rather than sin. It shows the newness of life believers experience through identifying with Christ in His death and resurrection. Baptism by immersion represents dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ.
- Baptism provides an opportunity for believers to make a public declaration of their faith before their church family.
2. Attend a Baptism Class (the Saturday prior)
Each participant is asked to attend a Baptism Class, where a pastor or teacher explains the biblical basis for Baptism and answers questions. You will also walk through what a baptism involves and how to be prepared.
3. Get Baptized!
Select a date on your registration form for when to be baptized. Invite family and friends to attend service that day and celebrate what God has done!