Why Should I Be Baptized?
To follow the example set by Jesus - "At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan river."
Because Jesus commanded it - "Jesus said, There go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
It demonstrates that I really am a followers of Christ - "...many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8
What Is the Meaning of Baptism?
It illustrates Christ's death / burial and resurrection. "...Christ died for our sins...he was buried...and he was raised." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. "Having been buried with him in Baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead." Colossians 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4
Baptism does not make you a believer, it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring. It's the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Why Be Baptized by Immersion?
Because Jesus was baptized that way. "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water." Matthew 3:16. Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. "...then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." Acts 8:38-39
The word "baptize" literally means "to immerse or dip under water". It is the best way to picture a burial and resurrection.
Martin Luther... "I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies."
John Calvin... "The word "baptize" signifies to immerse. It is It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church "
John Wesley... "Buried with Him, alluding to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church."
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to Believe in Christ. "Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized." Acts 2:41. "But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News of the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized." Acts 8:13
When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you believe, if possible, or at the first opportunity. "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." Acts 2:41
What about being baptized twice?
We support that you be baptized again if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer. It doesn't devalue a prior experience; it simply reflects your desire to be baptized in the same way Jesus was baptized.
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.
Will I have to say anything?
No. At the beginning of the baptism service, the pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait at the edge of the water for your turn to be baptized. The pastor will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you will leave the water, dry off, and watch with the others.