What is baptism?

Why be baptized?

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
Matthew 28:19
If you have personally received Christ, you are forgiven and accepted by God; and there are some excellent reasons why you should be baptized. First of all, Jesus commands us to actively baptize believers in 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.
Baptism also provides a way to publicly show your faith before others. Non-believing friends and family members usually attend baptism services and are often deeply impacted by the testimonies of those who are making the decision. Christian friends are also built up by this act and are motivated to continue to share the message of Jesus. 

What should one wear to be baptized?

It is best to wear something casual that you do not mind getting wet. Lighter colors, particularly white, are not good options due to transparency. Darker colored clothing is best for this occasion. We encourage all making this decision to bring a change of clothes, a towel, and perhaps a hair dryer. All shoes and jewelry must be removed from your person before bring baptized.

Do you need to be a Christian a long time before taking this step?

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 chapter 10, we read that Cornelius and his entire family were baptized soon after their statements of faith. The jailer of Acts 16, was also baptized the night of his confession of faith. The longer it is delayed, the less likely this step is taken.

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 immersion.

How to involve your friends and family?

Family and friends can be right there by you during this important time of celebration. Consider being baptized with your spouse or other family members. The time of your baptism is a great opportunity to share your faith with friends and family members who do not believe. We highly recommend invited non-believes to this celebration, many times it is situations like this, where they themself make a commitment to Jesus.

How to know if you are ready to be baptized?

  1. If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and asked him to forgive you of your sins.
  2. If you can clearly share why you want to be baptized and understand what it represents.
  3. If it is your choice to follow Christ and not influenced by the pressure of others
  4. If you are old enough for this to be meaningful and able to remember this experience for the rest of your life.

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