After you commit your life to Jesus, it’s the next important step on your spiritual journey. Baptism is a powerful experience that expresses to the world you’re modeling your life after Christ.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Why should I be baptized?
“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:19-20
What is the meaning of baptism?
It illustrates Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
If it’s an imitation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ.
— Colossians 2:12
To follow the example set by Christ.
At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
— Mark 1:9
It is a symbol that I believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.
That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up.
— Acts 2:41
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus.
— Romans 6:4
Baptism does not make you a believer, it symbolizes that you already believe. It’s important to understand that baptism does not “save” you. You are “saved” only through your faith in Jesus.
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!
— Ephesians 2:8-9
Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward symbol of the commitment made in your heart.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God’s kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left!
— Acts 8:12
An important thing to know is that if you were baptized as a baby, it is not the same thing as biblical believer’s baptism. As seen in the verses above, this act of immersion occurs after you commit your life to Christ in salvation.
Many parents have their children baptized as a sign of dedication to God. Many churches have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasizes the parent’s role in raising a child to follow Christ. While such ceremonies certainly have meaning for the parents, the Bible clearly teaches that any person who receives Christ by faith should then follow that commitment by being baptized.
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
Jesus was baptized this way.
The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him.
— Matthew 3:16
The word baptize actually means to “submerge or dip under water.”
Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life begins! Look at it!
—2 Corinthians 5:17
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Time and time again in the Bible when people professed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, they were immediately baptized. (See Acts 2:41; 8:35-38; 16:29-33.)
We want to encourage you to do the same.
If you have more questions or would like to schedule your baptism, please contact the Membership office by e-mail or phone, (615) 324-6163.
TO FOLLOW CHRIST IN BELIEVER’S BAPTISM
- Talk with a minsiter or come forward during the service.
- Be baptized on Sunday morning.
- Be baptized during a special Sunday afternoon service.