“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”(Matthew 28:19-20)
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. Water Baptism is an act of obedience that is subsequent to the New Birth experience. It is an outward sign of the inward grace of salvation. It represents that we have died to sin and self, and we now live new lives in Him. Therefore, it is important to note that Water Baptism does not have any saving power. There is only one way that we can become born again Christians, and that is by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:8-10).
When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word “BAPTIZO” which means to plunge into, submerge, to sink, thrust under, immerse, or soak. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
Please take a moment to listen to one or both of the special audio messages below by Pastor Tom about WATER BAPTISM.
Are You Ready to be Baptized?
Attend Step One of the Growth Track
The first step to being water baptized is to be a follower of Jesus. Attend Step One of the Growth Track, where you will learn what it means to follow Jesus and have the opportunity to be water baptized. Learn more about Growth Track here.
Invite Your Friends and Family to Join You
Water baptism is a time of celebration and public declaration of new life in Christ. Bring your friends and family with you to Step One of the Growth Track so you can celebrate together.