Water Baptism

What is the act of water baptism?

One or a few believers baptize the participating believer by lowering them completely under water (immersion) and lifting them up out of the water. Just before immersion the baptizer will say something similar to this: “According to your profession of faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and because of your desire to follow him in the waters of baptism I now baptize you in the name of Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

We practice total immersion in water for the following reasons:

The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which literally means “to immerse or dip under water.” We believe immersion better conveys the meaning of total consecration of oneself to God.

The examples of baptism in the Bible, such as Jesus (Matthew 3:16) and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:38), are by total immersion.

It is the best way to picture a burial and resurrection. Several founders of denominations, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley, agree.

How we do water baptisms:

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    The participant shares their testimony either via video or live.

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    A close friend or relative prays and/or reads scripture for the participant.

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    The participant is baptized “in the name Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit.”

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    The participant prays to be baptized with the Holy Spirit if they so desire while the elders/pastors lay hands on them and agree in prayer.

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    Typically we do water baptisms during congregational worship on Sunday mornings.

Water Baptism Video Lessons

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you require participants to take a class before being baptized?

Water baptism is such an important decision and moment in the life of a believer that we want to make sure each participant fully understands the significance of their baptism and receives all that God has for him or her.

When do you have water baptisms?

We do special water baptism services twice a year…during the Spring and Fall.

Do I have to “clean up my act” before I can be baptized?

Before coming to Christ each of us stands condemned to death. The option of “cleaning up our act” does not exist. This is impossible. Salvation is solely based on a person humbly coming to God and trusting in Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. The forgiveness of sins comes as we repent. Salvation is not based on our own merit or worth, only on God’s grace. You can never be cleaned up enough to be worthy of salvation…it’s a gift of God. The results of true repentance, however, is a changed life through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Who should be baptized?

Everyone who believes and receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior should be baptized.

Acts 2:41 “Those who believed and accepted his message were baptized.”

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus commanded us to baptize believers (Matthew 28:19-20).
Obeying Christ’s commands show that you know and love Him (1 John 2:3, 1 John 5:3).
To follow Jesus’ example (Mark 1:9).
Water baptism shows you are a believer (Acts 18:8).

Why don’t you baptize babies?

We do not baptize babies because babies cannot repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We follow the example of Jesus and the scriptures by dedicating babies to God. We encourage those who were baptized as babies to be baptized again with the full understanding of their baptism and commitment to God (see also Mark 10:16 and 1 Samuel 1:24, 28).

Luke 2:22 “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.”

*If you are interested in having your baby dedicated contact the church office for the next available opportunity.

Do you baptize children?

Yes. There is no age requirement to be baptized. The only requirement to be baptized is to have faith in Jesus Christ. We encourage parents to wait until their child is aware of what God has done for them and that they see a genuine desire in their child to dedicate their lives to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. (We have created water baptism booklets for children that parents may use to prep their child for their water baptism.)

If a person was baptized as a baby or before they came to faith, should they be baptized again?

Yes. Baptism as a baby or as an unbeliever holds no spiritual significance. It is merely a ritualistic ceremony. There is no Scripture that supports infant baptism. A baby doesn’t have the ability to repent and place faith in Christ. Only after a person places his or her faith in Christ does water baptism take on its true spiritual significance. Nothing “magical” or “spiritual” happens to an unbeliever who gets baptized.

Why do you baptize “in the name of Jesus, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”?

Acts 2:38 teaches that one should be baptized “in the name of Jesus”. “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

The phrase “in the name of” in the Bible often means “by the authority of.” Jesus, who has been given all authority, instructs us to baptize “in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

Do you have to be a priest or pastor to baptize someone?

No. We believe according to Jesus’ commission in Matthew 28:19-20 that all followers are sent to make disciples and to baptize others. We encourage parents, relatives and even close friends who are believers and instrumental in a person’s faith journey to Jesus to participate in the water baptism through praying, reading scripture and/or even doing the actual baptism. Usually, a pastor or elder also participates in the water baptism.

Do you have to be baptized in a church?

No. We believe a person can be baptized wherever there is enough water. We have baptized people in lakes, ponds, rivers, swimming pools and even Jacuzzis. We typically choose to baptize in the church out of convenience & for maximum impact.