Maybe you’ve heard of someone you know getting baptized. Maybe you’ve heard it announced in church. Maybe you’ve even witnessed baptisms but still aren’t clear on what it all means. In order to truly understand the significance, it’s important to examine what the Bible says about it.See below for more information on water baptism. If you have never been baptized, we invite you to take that step of faith and sign up below!
What is water baptism
and what does it mean?
We believe water baptism is a symbol of Jesus's burial and resurrection. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. The word "baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizein,” which means “to immerse or dip under water.”
Jesus Himself was baptized. He wasn't a sinner, but He humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
— Mark 1:9-11
The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!
Believers in the New Testament were baptized that same day. As soon as someone decides to believe in Jesus, he or she can be and is encouraged to be baptized. (We believe in baptizing children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make that personal declaration of belief. Usually, around age 12.)
Those who accepted his message were baptized...
— Acts 2:41
Baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.
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.
— Matthew 28:19-20
It's also a public declaration.
Baptism declares you are a follower of Jesus Christ! It's a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, living a life that's honoring to Him. It's the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. It’s a statement to everyone who sees it that you have trusted Christ for your salvation and you're committed to living for Him.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
— Mark 16:16
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
— 2 Corinthians 5:17
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 6:4
Baptism connects us to the body of Christ.
We don't participate in this (or any) part of our spiritual journey alone. That's why we invite everyone we know to help us celebrate! There is an amazing sense of being joined with other believers.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of
the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
— Acts 8:12