Step 1: Understanding Baptism
Take some time to understand baptism from a Biblical basis. In Step 1 we are trying to answer questions such as: Why is baptism important? What does it mean? Do we baptize infants?
Step 2: Meet With An Elder
Click below to fill out a brief baptism request form. One of our elders will contact you to set up a time to meet together. In this meeting the elder will listen to the story of how the Lord drew you to himself and ask why you would like to be baptized.
Step 3: Be Baptized
If the elder senses that you are ready for baptism, you will sign up to participate in a Baptism Service. Each baptism candidate briefly will share his or her testimony (either read in person or pre-recorded) during the service before being baptized.
Baptism is a visible symbol of God's saving work within a person. It is the outward sign of belonging to the people of God—those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ. You should be baptized if you have repented of your sins and believed on Christ alone for salvation and have not already been baptized as a believer by immersion.
Jesus commanded it— he ordained it — in a way that would make it an ongoing practice of the church. We find this most explicitly in
Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Baptism “expresses union with Christ in His death and resurrection.” The clearest teaching on this is
Romans 6:3–4: Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
When we descend into the water for baptism, we are identifying with Christ in his death. As we are raised from the water we are identifying with him in his life. We encourage all those who repent of their sins and place their trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins to be baptized as an act of obedience.
We believe this expression of union with Christ in death and resurrection happens “by being
immersed in water.” The clearest evidence for this is Romans 6:3–4 which describes the act of baptism as burial and rising from the dead. This is most naturally understood to mean that you are buried under water and then come out from the water to signify rising from the grave.
As a church, we believe the Bible teaches baptism as an ordinance for those who trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Although infants are a gift from the Lord that we want to steward well, we do not baptize infants.
These messages will assist you in determining your understanding and readiness, or your child's readiness, for water baptism.