What is Baptism?

Baptism is first and foremost about Jesus' life, death, burial, and resurrection. Whenever someone is baptised, it is a reminder of what Jesus has done.

Baptism is also for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ's atoning work and has become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ's command and as a testimony to God, the church, and the world, a believer should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person's union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person's release from the slavery of sin.

While baptism identifies a Christian with Jesus, it also identifies the Christian with the universal church, and the local church. Jesus commanded that all Christians be baptized, as did the Apostles, which explains why the book of Acts and records of the early church show that baptism was practiced consistently. Baptism is for all persons as they join the community of the church.

For many, baptism is the first public step of obedience to Christ. If you have not been baptized following your salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a Member. Before your baptism, we offer a class designed to give you an opportunity to share your testimony, learn about the biblical significance of baptism and walk through the following 6 questions:

  • Who should be baptized?
  • What is the meaning of baptism?
  • Why should I be baptized?
  • Why baptism by immersion?
  • When should I be baptized?
  • Where should I be baptized?
  • If you would like to be baptized, or if you have any questions about Jesus or baptism, please contact one of our pastors.

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