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Baptism

Upcoming Baptism Dates:

November 23, 2021 (class on November 18)

April 10, 2022 (class on March 27)

Baptism is a reason to celebrate! In baptism, we see the transforming power of Jesus Christ at work in the lives of those around us. Baptism is a public declaration of personal faith in Christ as well as a symbol of the new identity that the believer has received in Christ. When we get baptized, we identify with Christ's death. When we are raised out of the water, we show the new life we have through the power of Christ's resurrection. Our understanding of this comes from Romans 6:1-4. If you want to make this declaration of faith we encourage you to register for our next baptism services!

FAQ

Who should be baptized?

Even in biblical times, it was always those who responded to the gospel of their own will 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 and want to declare their allegiance to Him. 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 with 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?

  • 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.
  • Jesus commanded us to do so (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • The early church did so (Acts 2:41).

What is 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