What is Baptism?

 Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change.  It is a public declaration that you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and that you no longer live for yourself, but now seek to live for Christ.

Why be Baptized?

Simply put, because Jesus desires it.  After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He ascended into heaven.  Before leaving, He gave His disciples a command about what to do after He left this world.  This command is known as the Great Commission.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20) 

Choosing to be baptized is an act of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.    Will baptism save me?

Baptism does not save you—only Jesus does.  Jesus told the thief on the cross who was crucified alongside Him that “today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).  Jesus assured the thief that he would be with Him in the afterlife.  The man was not saved because of good works or rituals—nor any baptism ceremony—but because of his faith in Jesus.  (See Ephesians 2:8-9)

2.    If I was baptized as a baby, do I need to be baptized again?

Our church practices believer’s baptism.  Believer’s baptism refers to the practice of baptizing only those who have a personal faith in Jesus—not your parents’ faith or someone else’s faith.  Consequently, we baptize only believing adults and children who are old enough to profess a personal faith in Jesus (sometimes called the “age of accountability”) and communicate a desire for baptism and understand its meaning.

3.    I was baptized when I first became a Christian, but then I fell away from the Lord.  Should I be baptized again?

Typically, a person who was baptized as a believer is not baptized later.  Christians will still have struggles and will sin after trusting in Jesus and after being baptized.  However, the Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”  (1 John 1:9).  Confessing our need for forgiveness doesn’t just happen at baptism, but is an ongoing part of our Christian lives.  We are still His beloved children even when we fall away from Him.

4.    If I was baptized in believer’s baptism by another church, do I need to be baptized again when I change churches?

No.  In baptism, you are baptized into the worldwide community of believers (the body of Christ), not a particular church or denomination.

If you still question, ask yourself:

            Do I believe that Jesus died for sin and rose from the dead?

            Have I confessed my sins to God and asked for forgiveness?

            Have I expressed to God a desire to follow Him for the rest of my life?

            Do I want to publicly say that I belong to Christ?

If you answered yes to these questions, consider taking the Next Step of baptism.

 

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