Water Baptism through immersion should happen soon after a person has decided to become a follower of Jesus. This is what was modeled for us in the Bible. We believe that water baptism is a symbol of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and a testimony to our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Baptism is about going public with your faith. Christ called it our first step of obedience – an outward expression of your inner commitment to God. Here’s an overview of what you should know before getting water baptized.
Matthew 28:19-20 “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus asks each of us to declare our faith in Him in this incredible and exciting way. It’s an awesome occasion and one that we can’t wait to celebrate with you! If you haven’t been baptized as an adult, NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME! The biblical pattern was to first make a decision to follow Jesus and then get water baptized right away or shortly afterward. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4) Most followers of Jesus in the New Testament were baptized immediately. The only requirement that we have for baptism is that you have made the decision to follow Jesus. WaterBaptism by immersion should take place as close to the moment you choose to become a follower of Jesus. If you have never been baptized by immersion or maybe you have as a child and never understood its significance, purpose, or value, now is the time you want to consider this important faith journey decision.
The practice of baptism by immersion is taught in the Bible. All who followed Christ were baptized. They declared to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. Water Baptism is an outward act that symbolizes an inner work of salvation. It symbolizes that our old life is buried with Christ and we rise up as new creations in Christ. We are free from the power of sin. We now have the power to say ‘Yes” to God and ‘No’ to sin. We are declaring that we a new creation in Christ!