We believe baptism is an exciting part of a believer’s journey. It’s a public profession saying you follow Jesus, and it’s a chance for our church to celebrate your faith with you.

FAQS ABOUT BAPTISM

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SIGN UP TO GET BAPTIZED?

When you register, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to meet with a baptism team member to share your salvation experience. During your meeting, you will be able to ask any questions that you may have about baptism and set your baptism date. Children and students (up to 12th grade) will be contacted to attend an upcoming baptism class or if they have already attended, will set up a baptism date.

WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM?

It is a spiritually meaningful, symbolic ceremony that publicly shows our desire to obey God and to follow Jesus.

WHY DO WE BAPTIZE?

Jesus commanded us to baptize (Matthew 28:19-20), and we are following His example when we do it (Mark 1:9). It is a symbol of how we were spiritually buried with Him and raised for new life when we accepted His salvation.

IS BAPTISM A PART OF SALVATION?

Many people think that Scripture presents baptism as a necessary condition of salvation. That is disproved in one story: Jesus told the thief on the cross next to him, “Today you’ll be with me in glory.” 

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Confess and believe. That’s it.

Baptism is like a wedding ring. Wearing a wedding ring does not make you legally married. It demonstrates that you have a covenant with your spouse. A person is no more married when they wear their ring than when they don’t. In the same way, baptism demonstrates our conversion; it’s not a pre-condition of that conversion.

This is why, by the way, we only baptize after people become believers. If you get baptized before you are converted (say, as an infant), that is not an evidence of your faith. It’s evidence of your parents’ faith. Baptism is the evidence of repentance.

WHY IS BAPTISM DONE PUBLICLY?

Almost all of the biblical examples of baptism show people doing it in public (Acts 2:41), because we are not to be ashamed of Jesus when we have become Christians. We should want to share our joyous decision with family, friends, and our church.

WHY DO WE BAPTIZE BY IMMERSION?

There are two reasons why we submerge people.

First, that’s how they did it in the Bible. 

Take John the Baptist, for instance. He wasn’t standing on the shore of the Jordan River with a cup, sprinkling water on people’s heads; he brought them into the river. He was dunking people.
The Greek word for “baptism” literally meant to plunge, soak, or dip. The English translators didn’t know exactly how to translate that word (or perhaps they were afraid to take a stand), so they just transliterated it. The Greek Baptizo simply became “baptize.”
“Baptism” wasn’t actually a religious word at all. Sometimes they used it for people who drowned or ships that went down at sea. We even have a recipe for pickles recorded by a Greek physician named Nicander. 

Second, we submerge people because of what it symbolizes. 

When you bury people, you don’t sprinkle dirt on them. You put them into the ground. In baptism, we are being buried with Jesus “by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

HOW SOON SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

In the New Testament, we see people being baptized immediately after salvation, as a first and public step of obedience to Jesus (Acts 2:41, 8:38-39, 10:47-48). We would encourage you to be baptized as close as possible to your date of salvation. There is no scriptural reason for waiting.

WHAT IF I WAS BAPTIZED BEFORE GETTING SAVED?

Since baptism is the first step of obedience after salvation, the first time may have been a well-meant, but only religious activity. We would invite you to be baptized again as a new Christian.

hOW IMPORTANT IS BAPTISM?

It is incredibly important.

Martin Luther said the devil came to him every night “to dispute with him.” Luther said he learned two things would chase the devil away. One was to say, “Satan, I am baptized. I have left your wilderness. You have no more jurisdiction.”

When people ask, “What’s the big deal about baptism? It’s just a ritual. It doesn’t change anything,” we point them to Jesus’ baptism.

When Jesus was baptized, he heard the affirmation of God and was filled by the Holy Spirit. No big deal? Seems pretty significant to me. Jesus is about to go into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. This affirmation of the Father will become the core of his resistance against Satan. He can say, “The Father has declared over me his love, and that love is going to give me the strength to withstand Satan.” His body may be in the wilderness, but God is his home.

Your baptism functions like that, too. Your baptism is like a flag you put in the ground that signifies for you and to everyone else that you have left the wilderness of sin where Satan rules and entered the promised land of obedience where God rules. Satan has no more jurisdiction!

HOW OFTEN CAN I BE BAPTIZED?

In the New Testament, baptism is seen as a first-step, one-time ceremony. Since it is not a magical action that brings salvation or makes us closer to God, we would encourage you to not confuse yourself or others by being baptized more than once.

SHOULD INFANTS BE BAPTIZED?

Although scripture shows Jesus welcoming and blessing children, it does not show Him baptizing infants, nor are there any passages that show or command this practice. Since baptism is a step of obedience after salvation, and since (due to mental development) infants cannot make that spiritual choice, we do not baptize them. We do, however, dedicate infants to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:27-28). This is a special commitment ceremony where the parents and the church pledge together to spiritually nurture the infant as he or she grows, and we pray for their eventual salvation.

CAN CHILDREN/STUDENTS BE BAPTIZED?

In the New Testament, new converts to Christianity are those who were baptized. If a child has understood and accepted salvation, then there is no reason that they should not be baptized.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF BAPTISM?

John the Baptist began preaching for people to repent, and to show that inward heart change through an outward action. He baptized people at the Jordan River until he introduced Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus’ disciples continued the practice of baptism, Jesus commanded all of His followers to practice it, and the first churches in the book of Acts practiced it. It has been an ordinance of Christ’s church since then until today.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING BAPTISM?

You will arrive 20 minutes before service for check-in and a brief orientation. Please wear dark shorts and a dark t-shirt. Baptism is normally held at the beginning of the service (subject to change). A member of our Baptismal Team will meet you and take you to the private dressing room. You will be asked to step into the baptism tank where the pastor will briefly state your salvation experience, and then you will be dipped into the water and quickly raised back up, symbolizing Jesus’ death and resurrection. Just before you are baptized he may ask you to repeat, “I take God as my Father, Jesus as my Savior, the Holy Spirit as my Guide, now and forever.”

WHAT HAPPENS DURING BAPTISM?

You will arrive 20 minutes before service for check-in and a brief orientation. Please wear dark shorts and a dark t-shirt. Baptism is normally held at the beginning of the service (subject to change). A member of our Baptismal Team will meet you and take you to the private dressing room. You will be asked to step into the baptism tank where the pastor will briefly state your salvation experience, and then you will be dipped into the water and quickly raised back up, symbolizing Jesus’ death and resurrection. Just before you are baptized he may ask you to repeat, “I take God as my Father, Jesus as my Savior, the Holy Spirit as my Guide, now and forever.”

GETTING BAPTIZED TAKES JUST 3 EASY STEPS

1 . Fill out the form.

2. One of our pastors will contact you. If you’re under 18 we will want you to attend a baptism class just for your age.

3. Get baptized as our church celebrates your public commitment to Jesus. Most any Sunday is available.