We ask that each individual interested in being baptized read through the following page.
Baptism - The Idea
What is the purpose of Baptism?
Baptism is an opportunity to go public with your faith, identify with and follow the example of Christ, and mark your spiritual journey.
Why do you dunk people under water?
The word “baptism” literally means to immerse under water. Also, it best represents the metaphor of dying to self and coming alive to new life in Christ- you go under the water to identify with Christ’s death and burial (and symbolizing death to self) and you come out of the water to identify with Christ’s resurrection (and symbolizing your new life in Him).
Why should I be baptized?
Why not? It is an opportunity to obey the Lord Jesus’ command (Matthew 28:18-20), to imitate His example (Luke 3:21), and to “witness” to others that you are now a Christian (Acts 2:41).
Is baptism required for salvation?
No. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and salvation is a free gift of God that cannot be earned by any good works. Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
What if I have already been baptized?
If you have already been baptized by immersion subsequently to making a personal decision to follow Christ, then you do not need to be baptized again. Even if you walked away from your faith for a period of time. Baptism isn’t about our commitment so much as it’s a symbol of the commitment God makes in his redeeming work in our lives. If you were baptized as an infant or before you made a personal commitment to follow Christ, then we would encourage you to be baptized again to proclaim your faith on your own.
Baptism - The Nitty Gritty
The next baptism opportunity is at Celebration Thursday on December 8th.
Please wear dark shorts and a dark t-shirt, and bring your own towel.
❤ You will be asked to briefly state your salvation experience (2-3 minutes), and then you will be dipped into the water and quickly raised back up, symbolizing Jesus’ death and resurrection.
After Being Baptized
A Note from Blane
I ask everyone to listen to Tim Keller's talk on spiritual warfare either before they're baptized or right after, because John 10:10 is clear about the enemy's intent, and because after major faith milestones we tend to be more susceptible to his attacks (temptation, doubt, etc.). I don't say this to scare you but to help prepare you! Ed Young says, "Whole new levels, whole new devils" and I think that phrase communicates the idea pretty well!