If you've decided to follow jesus then baptism is your next step.
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The importance of baptism
What is baptism?
The word “baptism” as it appears in the Bible means immersion (the process of going under the water followed by coming back up from the water). Baptism doesn’t make you “saved”–only faith in Christ does that. Once you’ve decided to follow Jesus, baptism is the step you take as a statement to let people know about this incredible step in your journey. Like a wedding ring, baptism is a visible reminder of an inward commitment already made in your heart.
Why get baptized?
We are identifying with Jesus’ experience and demonstrating outwardly in our baptism that we are dying to our old life, burying that old life, and rising to live the new life (see Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:12). We put on Jesus’ values and priorities. We surrender to Jesus’ ways. We make him not only the Forgiver of our sin, but the Leader of our lives as well. That means saying, “I’m no longer in charge…Jesus is.” (See Galatians 2:20). You’re ready to put your old life behind you, and put your new life into Jesus’ hands. (See Acts 2:38, Colossians 3:5-10, and John 1:12, 13.)
What if I was already baptized?
Because of the clear biblical direction of baptism by immersion, we ask those who have been sprinkled to be immersed. This doesn’t invalidate the importance of what our parents or spiritual mentors did for us…it’s simply the next step in our spiritual journey as we follow the example and direction of Jesus.
Typically, an older elementary-aged child is old enough to grasp the full meaning of baptism. Younger children may have trouble understanding the meaning of baptism enough to make the decision for themselves. Any child under the age of 18 wishing to be baptized will need to speak with our youth or children’s ministry leaders.
Who can baptize me?
Any Christian can have the privilege of baptizing another. We encourage you to have the person who had the most impact in leading you to Jesus perform the baptism. Of course, our staff is available to perform baptisms for any believer.
What should I wear?
You can wear shorts and a t-shirt or a swimsuit (with a t-shirt over top). We do encourage you to wear dark colors. Please come changed and ready in the clothes that you will be baptized in.
What should I bring?
Be sure to bring a towel, a change of clothes, and a bag for your wet clothes.
Who should I bring?
Invite your family and friends so they can join in the celebration!