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BAPTISM

Water baptism is a commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This will be a time for you to identify with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, as well as a way of declaring Christ’s Lordship, and in your celebrating your new birth in Him.  Below are procedures for your baptism and scriptural guidelines to help you understand what Jesus and the scriptures say about water baptism.

Baptisms are usually held on the 1st Saturday of the month at 5pm inside our North Campus.  

Procedures For Baptism:
Water Baptism is by performed by full immersion in water; the following guidelines apply to all candidates for baptism:
  • Bring proper attire to wear while being baptized. Remember, some clothes (T-shirts, etc.), turn transparent when they get wet.
  • Ladies – Undergarments are required (either a bathing suit or underclothes). T-Shirt and jeans/sweatpants/shorts must be worn over undergarments.
  • Men – T-Shirts are required. Either jeans/sweatpants/shorts or swimming trunks can be worn.
  • We will provide robes, towels to dry off and a plastic bag to put your wet items in. We have changing rooms. Please bring a change of clothes.
Feel free to invite friends, and relatives to watch and take pictures from the sanctuary if they wish. We will have a photographer on-site to take digital pictures from the baptism pool.

Scriptural Basis:

  1. Jesus commanded baptism for believers (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark16:15-16)
  2. The apostles commanded believers to be baptized (Acts 2:38)
  3. Baptism is for those who believed in Jesus as their Lord (Acts 8:5,12, 35-38)
    • You must believe first, before being baptized.
    • Baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward faith.
  4. In baptism, the believer identifies with Christ.
    • When I am baptized, I demonstrate what Christ did for me in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6)
    • I die to sin. I am buried like Christ. I am raised in the power of the Spirit.
    • When I am baptized, I declare that I am a new person in Christ.
  5. Baptism is an immersion in water for believers.
    • The Greek word used in the New Testament means to dip under or immerse.
    • Since baptism symbolizes a burial, we do not just sprinkle with water, but completely immerse the person. When the dead is buried, they are placed completely under the ground. It is the same with baptism in water. 
    • Through water baptism, the believer declares that his old life of sin is dead and that he now has a new life with Christ.
    • Because baptism declares a person’s faith in Christ, we do not baptize infants. In order to be baptized, a person must make a conscious decision to follow Christ. A child must be old enough to understand that decision in order to make it.