The Bible makes it clear that baptism is significant and that those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior should be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20). Scripture teaches that it is through God’s grace and our faith in Christ that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism is our first act of obedience and publicly shows that you believe. Baptism is similar to a wedding ring – it is the outward symbol of the commitment you have made which signifies you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ and have taken on a brand new identity as a Christian.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
It illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. When we are placed under the water and raised back out of it, we are symbolically stating that we have died to sin, that our old life of sin has been buried and we have been raised to new life in Jesus—just as Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life again. Romans 6:4 states: “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.”
Baptism signifies the end of my old life and the beginning of a new life as a follower of Christ. You have new life! We see in the Bible that “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (Romans 6:4) When we are baptized and reborn, we will recieve the Holy Spirit (
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
Jesus was baptized this way. “Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16-17)
The meaning of baptism suggests immersion. The Greek word for “baptize” (baptidzo) means “to immerse or dip under water.” It symbolized a burial and resurrection.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who believes and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior. “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church–about three thousand in all.” Acts 2:31
“When the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, many men and women were baptized.” (Acts 8:12)
“Then Simon himself believed and was baptized” (Acts 8:13). There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—One Lord, One faith, One baptism” (Ephesians 4:4-5).
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as possible after you decide to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior. “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41. “As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)
CAN INFANTS BE BAPTIZED?
Baptism is a personal choice and statement of faith which an infant cannot understand or make. There is no practice of infant baptism in the Bible. However, parents may dedicate their child and pledge to raise their child in a Christian home until the day he or she is able to make that important decision.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN I’M BAPTIZED?
We recommend that you wear dark colored, light-weight clothing and bring a change of clothes. Towels are provided for you.
WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?
We are able to perform private baptisms in special circumstances or make accommodations.
HOW DO I LET SOMEONE KNOW I WOULD LIKE TO BE BAPTIZED?
Jesus told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:18-20)