Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 during all services. Have you accepted Christ as your Savior and are now ready to make that public declaration of faith? Great! Sign up online to get baptized.
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a towel, t-shirt, and shorts to wear.
TIME: Please meet 30 minutes prior to service time with Pastor Eric in the Upper Room.
*Please pick up your Baptism Certificate at the Information Center.
What is Water Baptism?
Water baptism is not a personal choice, but a command for believers. Jesus established water baptism as an ordinance when He gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16). Baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith. It gives evidence of the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life when he or she was “born again” through faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism identifies the believer with the message of the gospel, the person of Jesus Christ, and other believers. It associates the believer’s death to the old life and his or her resurrection as a new creation in Christ (Romans 6:1-8, Colossians 2:12).
Who Should Be Baptized?
All born-again believers in Jesus Christ—and only believers—should be baptized. (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 8:12, 36-38, 16:31-33, 18:8)
Should Infants and Children Be Baptized?
After Peter spoke at Pentecost, “those who gladly received his word were baptized” (Acts 2:41). In the New Testament, every instance in which a person was baptized and his or her identity was given, that person was an adult. In light of the Scripture, infant baptism must be ruled out, because infants cannot receive the Word of God and understand it. However, infants are to be dedicated to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:26-28). Children may be baptized if they receive and understand God’s Word. We ask that children be at least 5 years old before getting baptized.
Is Water Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and according to God’s mercy (Titus 3:5). The Bible contains no record of Jesus baptizing anyone—a strange omission if baptism were essential for salvation.