What is baptism?
The New Testament word for “baptism” means to dunk, plunge, or immerse. There is no debate among biblical scholars that to baptize means to put someone completely under the water.
Why is baptism necessary?
To identify with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Just as Jesus was crucified (dead), buried and resurrected….so too by baptism we are symbolizing the laying down of the old life (before trusting Jesus), as in burial, and coming up out of the water to walk in newness of life (after trusting Jesus), as in resurrection. Only a submerged body can represent death and burial. Only then can it be a picture of being raised to new life. (Romans 6:4 & 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Who can be baptized?
New Testament or “believer’s baptism” has only one prerequisite–conversion. You must be born again. (John 3:3) You are to be baptized after you have been saved.
Should I wait to be baptized after I understand the Bible better or have a certain feeling?
No, you should be baptized as soon as possible after you have believed and received. It is very clear (Matthew 28:19) that Jesus told His disciples to baptize others who commit their lives to Him. Being baptized immediately fulfills all that Jesus expected. Have you believed, trusted, relied upon Jesus with all your heart? Then there is no reason to wait…only excuses.
What about infant baptism?
Usually infant baptism reflects the best loving intentions of a family; but the child is not old enough to have any decision, acceptance or trust in the matter. In the Bible, baptism always came after someone had consciously and purposefully made a personal decision to accept and trust Jesus as Savior and Lord. Baptism is a commitment of your will, not the will of someone else.
We offer baptism services throughout the year. If you would like more information about Baptism, please email us or call 817.282.237.