WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN?
There isn’t anything unique about the word baptism. In fact, the word baptism is really an English word created from the Greek language that people spoke in the time of Jesus. When the Bible was later translated into English the translators could have translated the word baptism as “wash” but instead made a new word, mostly because they recognized being baptized is so important.
HOW DO YOU GET BAPTIZED?
The process of baptism is very simple. You begin by standing, sitting, or kneeling in water. Another follower of Jesus then lowers you under the water and then brings you back up out of the water. After you come out of the water, you will most likely hear a lot of cheering. That’s because we believe baptism is a celebration!
WHY DOES THE CHURCH BAPTIZE PEOPLE?
Jesus commanded his disciples to “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). We believe this command was meant for all of us who follow Jesus.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
One story in the Bible says this: “The Philippian jailer brought Paul and Silas out of the prison and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved’ . . . He and all his family were baptized . . . The whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God.” (Acts 16:30-34). The key phrase here is they had come to believe in God. Anyone who can declare their decision to follow Jesus should be baptized.
WHY SHOULD I DO IT?
Baptism is a symbolic act that represents the new life a person has found in following Jesus. In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will follow my commands.” People who want to follow Jesus should do what Jesus wants them to do! Simple enough. Jesus was baptized. He asked his disciples to be baptized. He asked his disciples to baptize others who believed in him. Baptism was clearly central to how Jesus wanted us to declare we are followers.
WHY DOES BEING BAPTIZED MATTER?
Baptism symbolizes the washing away of an old way of life. It symbolizes new birth into a life with Christ. It represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new believer (Romans 6:3-4). You aren’t saved or loved more by God because you are baptized. Being baptized is a public celebration of choosing to respond to God’s love and your decision to give your life to following Jesus.
DO I HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED IN FRONT OF PEOPLE?
When we take our next step in baptism, we’re letting the world know we belong to Jesus. We should want to declare that to the world because it is the most signifiant decision we will ever make. As your church family, we want to publicly celebrate your baptism with you!
OKAY, I WANT TO BE BAPTIZED. WHAT’S NEXT?
Tell our pastor in person, write down your interest on the connection card at church, or fill out the form below. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!