Baptism pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Baptism does not wash away your sins; that happened the moment you turned from your sins and trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior. It does symbolize your old life before Christ dying and you “rising again” to your new life in Christ. Romans 6:3-4, “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.”
The Founders of Denominations Agree
Martin Luther…“I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
John Calvin…“The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”
John Wesley…“Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”
Why Should I Be Baptized?
Jesus told us to do this. Matthew 28:19-20, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Why Do You Baptize by Immersion?
Jesus was baptized that way. Matthew 3:16, After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water (NLT). People were baptized this way in The Bible. Acts 8:38-39, Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. The word “baptize” in Greek literally means “to immerse.”
Why Not Infant Baptism?
We appreciate parents dedicating their children to the Lord. We offer a way for parents to do this, but not through baptism. Baptism represents a step of obedience that a person takes after they profess belief in Christ. An infant cannot yet make this decision. Also, the Bible does not give an example of infant baptism.
As soon as you have believed! “Those who believed…were baptized…that day!” (Acts 2:41) “Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”(Acts 8:35-38) There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”!
Can My Family Be Baptized Together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with one of our staff members for a pre-baptism conversation. We also have a Children’s Baptism Class.
However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.