Water baptism is intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Water baptism is an expression of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that one’s former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
We believe baptism is an ordinance commanded by God to be observed. Baptism is a symbol of two things: Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, and our death to sin and new life in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:3b-4a - Christ died for our sins…He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day
Colossians 2:12 - Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith
Romans 6:4 - Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Baptism is a symbol of salvation; not a means of salvation.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
We practice what has been historically called “believers’ baptism.” We feel this term brings clarity to any confusion on our beliefs and practice of baptism. What do we mean by “believers’ baptism”?
Acts 2:41 - So then, those who had received His word were baptized …
Acts 8:12-13 - But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women alike.
Acts 10:46-48 - For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.
In these verses we see that baptism follows saving faith, it does not create it or add to it. Acts 10:46-48 highlights a significant point. The Holy Spirit was given to the Gentile believers before baptism, not after. Therefore, faith is the only requirement for salvation, and even faith is given by God, so that our works (baptism) could not save us and so no one can boast.
WHAT DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND TO BE BAPTIZED?
Baptism is not a sign of Christian maturation; it is a sign of new life in Christ. A Christian needs to see their sin as a serious problem and Jesus, our Lord and Savior, as the only solution.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
If you feel the Lord leading you to be baptized, please contact us.