Baptism

Publicly sharing your faith in Jesus.

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Baptism is a unique opportunity to tell others about your faith in Jesus. Baptism doesn’t save you, it shows others that you already are. Followers of Jesus have participated in baptism from the first day of the church until now. We’d love to help you experience baptism for yourself and allow God to use your faith story to impact other people.

If you are interested in your child being baptized, please check out Baptism Bash.

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Want to learn more about Baptism?

Here are some frequently asked questions about Baptism.

What is baptism?

Jesus was baptized. Since then, millions of his followers have followed his example. Baptism is a way for you to do the same and participate in a common experience with Jesus followers around the world. Baptism is a way to go public with your faith to show others that you have started a personal relationship with Jesus. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. It symbolizes the new life you began when you started following Jesus. It symbolizes your old life dying (going under the water) and your new life (coming out of the water).

When should I be baptized?

Baptism comes after faith and repentance, also known as conversion. The most significant baptism recorded in the Scripture took place on the first day of the church. Three thousand people started following Jesus and were baptized! This took place during a feast called Pentecost which was fifty days after Jesus was crucified and resurrected. At the time of His ascension into heaven, Jesus gave his first followers, also known as the apostles clear instructions to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit, to come upon them. Jesus had given them a great commission to go across the world, sharing the good news of Jesus, and they would need that power to complete the task. This commission began when the apostle named Peter stood up among the crowd gathered at Pentecost and preached the good news about Jesus. The book of Acts records this event and the reaction of the crowd.

“37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37-38, ESV

Repentance is when a person turns from a sinful life that leads to death and turns to an abundant life with Jesus that goes on forever. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:16-24, Ephesians 5:1-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Colossians 3:1-17, Titus 2:11-15, 3:1-7, Revelation 21:1-8

Do I have to do a video?

Yes, if you would like to be baptized in one of our main services. No, if you would like to be baptized outside of our main services. The important thing is to have a plan for how you’re going to share your story with others through your baptism, because we believe that everyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ has a story worth sharing.

What's the process to get baptized?

For baptism in one of our main services:

  • Tell us you're interested!

  • We'll email you the available baptism dates.

  • Once your baptism and filming dates are scheduled, we'll help you prepare your story.

  • We'll walk with you every step of the way.

For baptism outside of one of our main services:

  • Tell us you're interested!

  • Indicate that you would like to speak with someone before scheduling your baptism.

  • We'll email or call you to discuss your options and answer any questions you have.

What about infant baptism/christening?

Some churches choose to christen or baptize infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant baptism, we understand Scripture to teach that only people who have made the decision to follow Jesus should be baptized. Baptism does not make you a Christian. It shows that you already are one.

For more information on how we partner with parents to raise their children to have a growing relationship with Jesus, please check out Baptism Bash.