If you have decided to follow Jesus and you are ready to take the next step and get baptized...we want to celebrate with you! We offer water baptism services throughout the year. Fill out the form below to let us know you are interested in being baptized and we'll connect with you regarding the next opportunity.
WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM?
Baptism shows our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. Baptism is one instruction that Jesus gave to his followers (Mark 16:16). The Bible shows us that when people decided to follow Jesus Christ in the New Testament, they were baptized as soon as possible after their decision. In Bible times, it was a way for new believers to show they were serious about their new faith. You could also say it’s an outward expression of an inward decision.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Water baptism does not “save” you...only God’s grace does through your personal faith in Jesus. But it does have a significant role at the beginning of the Christian life.
When you are baptized, it shows three important things about your Christian beginning:
- Obedience: “If Jesus said it, I’ll do it.” Jesus told His followers to be baptized after they had come into a saving relationship with Him. Baptism is an act of personal obedience that sets us on the right path for growth as followers of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:16). Baptism shows that we are serious about developing our walk with Jesus, and following him fully.
- Identification: “I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of his body.” We identify with Jesus Christ and his people when we are baptized. When you are physically baptized, you outwardly express the inward reality that you have now died to your old life without Christ, have put it behind you, and are now “resurrected” to new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-4). You are identifying with Jesus Christ and making a public statement that along with his people, you are following Him.
- Declaration: “I want others to know.” Not only do we privately acknowledge our belief in Christ, but it’s important to go public with our faith expressing the fact that we have decided to become followers of Christ. This public declaration is a very meaningful experience for us as it is a time of community celebration and can be a public witness to others who have not yet decided to follow Christ (Acts 2:41-47). It is also a powerful time for witnessing changed lives.