WHAT IS BAPTISM?
The word “baptism” comes from a Greek word which means “to dip, dye, or plunge.” We go under the water to symbolize the end of our old lives and come up in celebration of new life in Christ. Jesus conquered death and sin by dying on the cross and rising again. Our baptism symbolizes the fact that we have died to our old sinful nature and are resurrected into new life. In baptism, we publicly declare that we’ve decided to follow Jesus.
Baptism is a visual testimony of our spiritual birth. It is a pledge and promise to always live our lives for Jesus (Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:4-6).
Baptism shows we are followers of Jesus. It symbolizes the salvation that you already have received (1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 28:19,20).
It shows that we have chosen to serve God, not self (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3, 4,11-14).
It is a symbol that our sins have been washed away (Psalm 51:7; Romans 6:3,6).
Baptism confirms the fact that, because of Jesus, we are now dead to sin and alive to Christ (Romans 6:3-11).
Like a handshake or a kiss, baptism is a powerful act that says more than words could ever say. It is a pivotal moment in the life of a follower of Jesus.
To be honest, that’s not really the right question. A wedding ring doesn’t make you married, and getting dunked under water doesn’t save you; it doesn’t make you a Christian. It’s a symbolic act—a potent gesture.
Baptism doesn’t save us; our faith saves us. The Bible says, “. . . it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism comes after faith as a powerful public declaration.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE BAPTIZED
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
Before you’re baptized, you must come to a short class. This will help you come to a full understanding of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. We’ll also address the practical details—everything from what you should wear to who you might want to invite. It’s an informal class, so there’s plenty of room for all your questions.
It’s for anybody age 8 and older.
We insist on this minimum age because you have to be old enough to repent and believe, and old enough to comprehend the significance of baptism.