Our church exists to multiply disciples and churches with Jesus! And Jesus Himself told us to “go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit….” Baptism is part of our mission. It’s a big part of who we are and what we do! Jesus was baptized Himself, and the Bible repeatedly tells followers of Jesus to be baptized. It’s a privilege and a command.
So what is baptism all about?
Baptism is a symbol of us dying to our selves and our sin and rising again to Jesus (Romans 6:3-5)! It is a powerful picture and experience where we identify with Jesus publicly, and He affirms us (Mark 1:9-11). Any baptism is also a fun family celebration for our church (1 Corinthians 12:13). Finally, baptism is an important step of obedience to Jesus. When we become His follower, we want to hear and obey his teachings. One of his teaching was to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38)!
It’s also important to know what baptism is NOT.
Baptism is not necessary for salvation. The one and only thing necessary for salvation is faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is an important expression and picture of that faith, but it is NOT what makes us a Christian. You might think of it like a wedding ring. A wedding ring doesn’t make someone married; it shows they are married. But a wedding ring is still really important for that reason – to show you are married and committed to the one you love!
Baptism is also not for perfect or super Christians. Sometimes we think we have to know enough facts or do enough good deeds before we get baptized. We think we need to get our act together or get stuff in order. But the Bible teaches that baptism is really the FIRST step of following Jesus, not the 2nd or 20th. Baptism is a way we honor and obey Jesus from the beginning, even while we’re still figuring this all out. When someone has faith in Christ, pure and simple, they can and should be baptized (Acts 5:35-38).
When Should I Be Baptized?
Honestly, if you are a Christian, there is NO reason to delay! And if you are not yet a Christian, we can talk more about Jesus, his teaching, and what He has done for you. Faith in Jesus happens first; then the very next thing is baptism as an expression of that faith in Jesus (Acts 8:12).
How Should I Be Baptized?
We practice baptism by immersion. That means getting dunked under water. Jesus Himself was baptized this way, and we believe it is the best symbol and communication of the powerful truths in baptism.
What Is My Next Step?
That’s a great question! The next step is to fill out the form below as a way for us to get to know you and hear your story. Then we will get in touch with you and take it from there!