Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It’s the next step after salvation. Some people ask questions like… Why should I be baptized? What if I’ve already been baptized—do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? I was baptized as a child; does that count?
We believe, according to God’s Word, that baptism is the first step, as seen in the life of Christ, through immersion upon one’s commitment to Christ. One must decide for themselves to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and then be baptized. We also believe that one must be immersed, or as we like to say, dunked, just as Jesus Christ was baptized (see Matthew 3:13-17). Very simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord after salvation. Although baptism is closely associated with salvation, it is not a requirement to be saved. The Bible shows in many places that the order of events is 1) a person believes in the Lord Jesus and 2) he is baptized. This sequence is also seen in Acts 2:41, “Those who accepted [Peter’s] message were baptized” (see also Acts 16:14–15).
A new believer in Jesus Christ should desire to be baptized as soon as possible. In Acts 8, Philip speaks “the good news about Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch, and “as they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?’” (verses 35–36). Right away, they stopped the chariot, and Philip baptized the man.
Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Everywhere the gospel is preached and people are drawn to faith in Christ, they are to be baptized.
If you are interested in being baptized or have questions concerning baptism, then please contact us by filling out the contact form.