Baptism is something that gets alot of questions and discussion. Here's some answers to help you out with some of the FAQ's about baptism. If you have further questions, contact the church office.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is the act of a BELIEVING Christian who wants to publicly confess their personal commitment to Jesus Christ. It is the symbolic WASHING AWAY of one's old, sinful past and the RISING again to LIFE, God's way. The act of baptism can be defined as an outward expression of an inward decision.
2. What does baptism mean?
Baptism illustrates Jesus' DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION.
"Christ died for our sins ... He was buried ... and He rose again."
1 Corinthians 15: 3-4
Baptism illustrates NEW LIFE as a Christian.
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a NEW LIFE."
Romans 6: 4
Baptism does not make you a Christian. It is a demonstration that you already believe. It is important to understand that baptism does not "save" you. You are "saved" only by your faith in Jesus.
3. Why do we get baptized?
To follow the example set by CHRIST & because Christ COMMANDED it. ". . . Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river."
Mark 1: 9
Jesus said, Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..."
4. Why be baptized by immersion?
Because Jesus was baptized by immersion. "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water." Matthew 3:16
The word BAPTIZE means 'to dip under water.' The Greek word baptizo means 'to immerse or dip under water.'
It best demonstrates a death, burial and resurrection
5. When is a good time to get baptized?
As soon as you BELIEVE! THERE IS NO REASON TO DELAY! As soon as you have decided to trust Christ with your life, you can and should be baptized. If you're waiting until you're perfect, you'll never be ready. "Those who believe ... were baptized ... that day!"
Acts 8: 35-38