Baptism is going public with your faith. It is your response to your decision of starting a relationship with Jesus. Baptism is not necessary for salvation, however it is not just a mere suggestion, it is command given by Jesus. And if Jesus himself got baptized and then told us to get baptized– well then as followers of Jesus we need to follow Him and do the same.
Baptism is like a wedding ring or like a name tag showing where your identity lies. Baptism symbolizes your old life dying, when you go under the water, and then your new life beginning, when you come out of the water.
Baptism is a way to share your faith story. And when you share your story other stories will be told. In the world we live in today we believe doing that through a video makes the best long-lasting impact. So you might be asking well do I have to do a video, yes if you want to do it in one of our main services. Which we think is the best way so we can celebrate it as a church family. However, if you don’t want to get baptized in one of our main services you can still get baptized, following one of our services surrounded by your family and friends. The important thing is that you have a plan for how you share your faith story through baptism.
Some churches choose to christen or baptize infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant baptism, we understand Scripture to teach that only people who have made the decision to follow Jesus should be baptized. Baptism does not make you a Christian. It shows that you already are one. For more information on how we partner with parents for baby dedication click here.
Psalm 90:2; Genesis 1:1, 1:26-27; Colossians 1:16; John 1:1-5, 16:13; Hebrews 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13