Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to follow Him. It’s the next step after salvation. Jesus was baptized, and your baptism is a means to follow His model — your baptism is a first step in following Jesus and publicly identifying with Jesus.
Baptism by immersion should take place after salvation. It is an act where a Christian publicly profess their commitment to follow Jesus.
Baptism symbolically displays Jesus’ burial and resurrection; how our sin is washed away, and we are raised into a new life, reclaimed for God’s plans and purposes. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Baptism illustrates the new life we are given when we choose to follow Christ. (Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Baptism does not make us a Christian nor does it make us better Christians.
It is a demonstration of what we believe.
Baptism does not save us. We are only saved through our faith in Jesus.
We practice baptism to follow Jesus’ example and because He commanded it.
Jesus was baptized by immersion. (Matthew 3:16)
All baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
The original Greek word found in scripture is “baptizo.” Baptizo means to submerge or to immerse.
As soon as you have decided to trust Jesus with your life by knowing, loving and following Him, then you can and should be baptized. (Acts 8:36-39, 2:41)
Your story is a gift from God that He can use to draw other people to Jesus. When someone tells their story, God uses it to communicate to other people that if He can do it in their life, He can do it in anyone’s life.
Is baptism your next step? If so, we want to celebrate! If you have questions, we’d like to help. Fill out the form below to talk a ministry team member about baptism.