Water Baptism

"After his baptism as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him." -Matthew 3:16

Why Be Baptized?

If you have personally received Christ, you are forgiven and accepted by God! There are some excellent reasons why you should be baptized. First of all, Jesus commands us to actively baptize believers (Matthew 28:19). 

Since He is Lord, and since His will is always good, this should be reason enough. it is a very important act of obedience to the Forgiver and Leader of your life. Being baptized is also an opportunity for you to spiritually influence others in a positive way. It provides you a way to publicly show your faith before others. Non-believing friends and family members usually attend our baptisms, and they are often deeply impacted by the testimonies of those who are being baptized. Christian friends are also built up by this and motivated to continue sharing the message of Christ.

Being baptized is also an opportunity for you to take a step of faith. Getting baptized is at times intimidating b because it involves taking. stand for your faith in front of the community of believers. It could be stepping outside of your "comfort zone" to do something that shares Christ and serves others. Christ will challenge you to take such steps throughout your life journey, so experiencing baptism can be a celebrated success of displaying your faith! Simply put, we emphasize baptism because the Bible emphasizes it! (Matthew 28:18-20)

What Should I Wear?

 It is best to wear something causal that you don't mind getting wet. Lighter colors (particularly white) are not good choices due to transparency. Darker colored clothing is best suitable for water baptism. Bring a change of clothes, a towel and perhaps a hair dryer. You should also remember to take off your shoes and any jewelry

Should I wait until I have been a Christian for a long time?

We encourage Christians to be baptized soon after they have made a commitment to Christ. The Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 was immediately baptized after he began his journey with Christ. In Acts 10, we read that Cornelius and his entire family were baptized soon after their statements of faith. The jailer in Acts 16 was also baptized (along with his entire family) the night of his confession of faith. The longer it is delayed, the more excuses we can make for not taking this step. However, the opposite is also true. It is never too late to follow the Lord in this act of obedience. 

Why do we dunk people?

We believe that the Bible teaches baptism by immersion, which is lowering into the water. Matthew 3:16 says, "Jesus came out of the water," meaning the Jordan River. In Acts 8:26-39, the Ethiopian eunuch, upon seeing a body of water, wanted to be baptized soon after accepting Jesus as his savior. The Greek word "baptize" literally means to immerse. Therefore, we practice baptism by immersion.

How can I involve my family and friends?

Family and friends can be right there by your during this important time of celebration! Consider being baptized with your spouse or family. The time of your baptism is a great opportunity to share your faith. The form above is where you can make a list of family and friends whom you would like for us as your church family to personally invite to your water baptism. Many have accepted Christ because of the faith story of a friend or relative who followed Christ in Christian baptism. Baptism is an exciting, incredible next step in your faith journey!

Questions:

Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and asked Him to forgive you of your sins?

- Can you clearly share why you want to be baptized and do you understand what it represents?

- Is it your choice to follow Christ in baptism and not pressure from others?

- Are you old enough for this to be a meaningful experience that you will remember for the rest of your life?

- If you can answer "YES" to these questions, then....

YOU ARE READY!