What Is the Purpose of Baptism?
There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding baptism. While some believe that baptism actually washes away sin, this is not taught anywhere in scripture.
Who should be baptized?
Christians believe that Jesus Christ came to this earth, died and rose again according to the scriptures. This is the gospel message we are called to proclaim, for it alone is the means by which God will forgive sin. Anyone who has made a conscious decision to receive Jesus Christ as Savior by an act of their own will pray is a candidate for baptism.
How are people baptized?
The word baptism found in our English Bible comes from a Greek word which means to “dip” or “immerse”. In order for a person to be scripturally baptized their whole body must go down under and then be brought up out of the water.
What does baptism symbolize?
Baptism is a great way to show that you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ. When a person is immersed and brought up out of the water it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5).
What should I do if I need to be baptized?
Commit to doing so as soon as possible. Contact your local church Pastor and inform him of your desire to be baptized. Some churches may require you to take a class before moving forward.
Do you baptize infants?
Some denominations chose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to do so, we do not find any clear evidence for doing so in the scriptures. We do give parents an opportunity to formally commit themselves and their children to God through a baby dedication service. Please call the church if you are interested in learning more about this service.
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