Whether you have recently become a Christian or have just been waiting to take the next step in your faith journey, this page should help you understand baptism better. If you want to be baptized, fill out the form below and you will be contacted by a pastor.
Q: Why should I be baptized?
A: When you are baptized, you follow the example set by Jesus (Mark 1:9). Additionally, Jesus commands that all believers follow Him in baptism (Mathew 28:19). Lastly, following Jesus in baptism demonstrates that you really are a believer (Acts 18:8b).
Q: What does baptism mean?
A: Baptism illustrates Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and your new life as a Christian (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 6:4; Colossian 2:12)
Q: Does baptism save me?
A: No, baptism does not and cannot save you. Only faith in Jesus can save you. Baptism, like a wedding ring, is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Q: Who should be baptized?
A: Every person who has believed in Jesus should be baptized. If you are old enough to understand that baptism is a public confession of your personal commitment to Jesus, you should be baptized (Acts 2:41).
Q: Can a family be baptized together?
A: Yes. If each family member has personally placed his or her trust in Jesus, we encourage you to be baptized as a family. However, do not delay your baptism by waiting for other family members to accept Jesus. This could put undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.
Q: Will I have to say anything?
A: Yes. The person baptizing you will ask you if you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Once you have answered affirmatively, you will be lowered into the water and quickly raised up out of the water.
Q: Why immersion?
A: Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (including Jesus’ baptism) and the word “baptize” means ‘to dip under water’ (Mathew 3:16a; Acts 8:38b-39a).
Q: When should I be baptized?
A: As soon as you have believed (Acts 2:41; 8:35-38). There is no reason to delay.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear a dark t-shirt and shorts for a lake baptism. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet garments.