What is Baptism?
Christian baptism is, according to the Bible, an outward testimony of what has occurred inwardly in a believer’s life. Christian baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. The Bible declares, “Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:3-4). In Christian baptism, the action of being immersed in the water symbolizes dying and being buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection.
Why should I be baptized?
When Christians are baptized, they fulfill the command of Jesus (Matt. 28:19–20), are submerged in water to identify with the death of Jesus, and rise out of the water to identify with his resurrection (Rom. 6:1–10; Col. 2:12).
This identification with the death, burial, and resurrection through baptism testifies to the fact that we believe in faith that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose three days later, and now is alive and Lord over all of creation.
Who should be baptized?
All of God's people should be baptized. Those that have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ are commanded by scripture to step forward in obedience and publicly declare the surrendering of their will to the Lord. If you are struggling with the decision to give your life to Christ or are unsure about your decision to be baptized, any of our staff would be glad to speak with you. To contact someone from the church, feel free to submit a contact form on this website.
What to expect:
As you watch baptisms on Easter (and any other Sunday), you’ll see each person about to be baptized talking with one of the church leaders in the tank. They’re answering basic questions such as:
- “Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?”
- “Do you believe that your sin has separated you from God?”
- “Have you repented of that sin?”
- “Do you believe that Jesus died and rose, conquering Satan, sin, and death?”
- “Then we baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
If you would like more information on baptism or are interested in being baptized, please fill out a quick form by clicking here.
Dedication is a significant public declaration of your commitment to obey God’s word and pass on your faith to the next generation. At the same time it is an affirmation that you are not alone in this awesome task; the body of Christ is standing with you. God gives clear commands to parents raise their children in the light of God’s Word. The church is your faith family that will walk along side you with love, support, and prayer in this endeavor. It is our privilege to serve you and your family.
Our child dedication service takes place during the 9am service once per year; Mother’s Day in even numbered years, and Father’s Day in odd numbered years.
If you would like more information or are interested in dedicating your child, please fill out our dedication form by clicking here.