Why should I be baptized?
- To follow the example set by Jesus. (Mark 1:9)
- Because Christ commanded it. (Matt. 28:19-20)
- It demonstrates that I really am a believer. (Acts 18:8; 1 John 2:3)
What is the meaning of baptism?
- It symbolizes Christ’s death and resurrection. (I Cor. 15:3-4: Col. 2:12)
- It illustrates new life as a Christian. (II Cor. 5:17; Rom. 6:4)
Baptism does not save you; only your faith in Christ Jesus does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. It’s an act of obedience.
Why be baptized by immersion?
- Because Jesus was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:13-17)
- Because Jesus commanded it. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Because every baptism in the Scriptures was by immersion. (Acts 2:37-41, 8:12-13, 8:38-39)
The word “baptize” means “to plunge or to immerse beneath water.” Greek word is “baptizo”. It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has accepted Christ according to Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12-13.
It is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated. We refer to this as being “scripturally baptized” which is to be baptized by immersion as a symbolic act after public profession of faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have believed and understood! (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:35-38)
We do ask that children speak with one of our ministerial staff before they are baptized. This helps our children have a firm grasp on the meaning and importance of baptism.