Questions About Baptism?

1.   What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change and a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life.  Being baptized shows others that you've decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you.

Baptism doesn't save a person; it's a symbol and celebration of salvation.  Ephesians 2:8-9

2.    Why should I be baptized?

Why does baptism matter?  Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized  Mark 1:9, Matthew 28:19-20

Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and folllow Him.  Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him.  Being baptized demonstrates that I am a Christian.

3.   What's the difference between immersing, sprinkling, and other ways of baptizing?

Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion.  Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it.  The Greek word baptizo means "to immerse or dip under water".  Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4

4.    What if I've been baptized in another church?

If you have been baptized by immersion in another church when you were saved, there is no need to get baptized again here.  However, if you feel that God wants you to be baptized again or if you would like to talk about your experience, please contact the church.

5.    Do you baptize children?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Christ.  Any instance of baptism follows a person's decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him.  We want your children to  be able to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

If your child has already asked Jesus into their life and expressing an interest in baptism, explain what baptism is and what it means.  If you would like help, please contact us.  We would love to help facilitate this conversation.