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What does the Bible say?

 

Jesus commanded this for all who become disciples, followers of Christ:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

(Matthew 28:19).

  • Baptism is for believers in Jesus. (Acts 22:16)

  • Baptism is separate from and should follow after salvation. (Acts 8:35-38; 10:44-48; 16:33)
     

The symbolism of Water Baptism

  • Identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; as well as death to self and resurrection of life. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:3-11; and Colossians 2:12).

  • Washing away of sins. (Acts 22:16).

  • Lives immersed in Jesus. (John 15:7 and Galatians 3:27).

BAPTISM

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Is water baptism required for salvation?

No. Water baptism follows an individual's choice to receive salvation. It is not required for salvation or entrance to Heaven. Baptism is encouraged for all believers and we repeatedly see it modeled in Scripture.

Is there a certain age that someone needs to be for baptism?

No. In Acts 16:31-34, all members of the Philippian jailer's household were baptized. So, children who have made a decision to follow Jesus can be baptized. We do not baptize babies because they are not able to make a choice for salvation. We encourage parents to discuss baptism with their children and make a decision together.

Can someone be baptized more than once?

While water baptism is intended to happen once, we do re-baptize individuals who either were baptized as babies or children and feel as though they were not able to make the choice for themselves. We also re-baptize those who have made a new commitment to Christ and feel as though a second baptism will illustrate this recommitment.

Do I have to be baptized in front of people?

Water baptism is meant to be a public profession of your faith in Jesus; the intent is that you openly share your declaration of faith with fellow believers. Your church community wants to celebrate with you and encourage you in your continued walk with Jesus. If you have a concern about crowds, a scaled-down option can be arranged. See a pastor for more information.

Is the water cold?

We warm the water! No one wants cold water; however, it is not a hot tub, so expect the water to be colder than you probably prefer.

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