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FAQ | Baptism

12.01.16 | Questions, Church, Baptism

FAQ | Baptism

    Baptism is surrounded by a lot of questions inside and outside of the church. This article helps clarify some of the most asked questions about baptism.

    Who Should Be Baptized?

    It was always those who, of their own will, responded to the gospel that were baptized. This is why we refer to it as "Believer's Baptism." It is for those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Given the absence of examples for infant baptism in the Scriptures and the understanding that baptism is to follow the exercise of personal faith, we do not practice infant baptism. 

    What Is The Meaning And Purpose Of Baptism?

    Identification
    1. Through water baptism we proclaim our identification wtih Jesus Christ in his death, burial, & resurrection. (Romans 6:1-7; Colossians 2:12)
    2. We proclaim our identification with the body of Christ, the Church, having been placed into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit at salvation. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
    3. In water baptism we also publicly proclaim our identification with the local Church, a confession that we have identified with the body of Christ. (Acts 2:41)
    Declaration
    1. Baptism is not a part of our salvation, but a major step in discipleship. Salvation is experienced totally by grace through faith. It is a free gift of God to all who will believe in Christ & receive Him. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; John 3:16)
    2. Baptism is one specific way in which we are to confess Christ with others, identifying ourselves with the local body of believers.

    Why Should We Be Baptized?

    1. Jesus was (Matthew 3:13-17). It symbolized the great redemptive work He would accomplish in dying, being buried, and being raised from the dead. It identified Him with lost sinners in His death, even though He was sinless. He established an example for us to follow; in being identified with Him as his disciples.
    2. Jesus commanded us to do so (Matthew 28:19-20).
    3. The early church did so (Acts 2:41).

    What's My Next Step?

    Baptism services are held several times a year.  If you'd like to be baptized, register online and a staff member will contact you.

    Register for Baptism

     

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