What is baptism? 
Christian baptism is a symbolic act that represents the new life one has found in following Jesus. It symbolizes the washing away of an old way of life. It symbolizes new birth into a life with Christ. It represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new believer. Christian baptism is the outward sign of an inward change.
 
Why should I be baptized?
  • To follow the example of Jesus
    “One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and He was baptized by John in the Jordan River.” Mark 1:9
  • Because Christ commanded it
    “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…”  Matthew 28:18-20
  • To demonstrate you are a believer
    “If someone says, ‘I belong to God,’ but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.”  1 John 2:4
 
What is the meaning of baptism?
  • Illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection
    “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12)“Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Jesus Christ, we died with Him?” Romans 6:3
  • Illustrates your new life as a Christian
    “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)“Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3

* Baptism is an OUTWARD sign of an INWARD change. It does not make you a believer; it shows that you ALREADY believe.

* It is not a sign or requirement of church membership.
 
Who should be baptized?
  • Every person who believes in Jesus Christ
    “But to all who believed and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 
    “But now the people believed Philip’s message of the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.” Acts 8:12

    “Then Simon himself believed and was baptized…” Acts 8:13

    * At Faith Community, we encourage children to attend Faith Kids, where our staff works to teach children what it means to be a Christian, prepare them for baptism and communion, and help them build a personal relationship with Jesus.

    * The baptism talked about in the Bible was only for those who believed. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. Therefore, infants are not proper candidates for baptism.

When should I be baptized?

  • As soon as you have accepted Christ!
    “Those who believed what Peter had said were baptized and added to the church…” Acts 2:41
    “Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and all his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
 
What should I expect on the day of my baptism?
  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early.
  • Wear a dark colored t-shirt and shorts/pants. Bring a dry change of clothes.
  • A towel is also provided for you.
  • Bring a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
  • You may wish to bring a blow dryer, curling iron, etc. 
  • Further instructions will be communicated to you before your big day!
 
If you wish to be baptized, you  must attend an Understanding Baptism class. Please use the form below to let us know you’re interested. A member of our ministry team will contact you.