Baptism Sunday | May 5

Here is a quick overview of what we believe about baptism:

What is baptism?

Baptism is  the immersion in water of a person who has placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Baptism is an outward expression of the spiritual union of a believer with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.  The act of baptism does not cause a person to be saved.  Baptism reminds us that Christ died on the cross for our sins as our substitute and he took the wrath of God we deserve.

Why should you get baptized?

Baptism is an ACT OF OBEDIENCE.  The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 commands us to “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.”  Baptism is a great step of obedience in following Jesus. 

Baptism is also an ACT OF IDENTIFICATION.  In Matthew 3, we see the baptism of Jesus.  Through his baptism, God the Father tells us, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  Baptism is a public way to identify with Christ and to show family, friends, and the church that you are a follower of Jesus and a child of God.  Just like an athlete wears a jersey to identify the team they play for, our baptism shows we now belong to Christ. 

Baptism is an ACT OF REPRESENTATION.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If  anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”   Being placed under the water in baptism represents being buried in a grave.  In Christ, we have died to our old sinful self.  Being raised out of the water represents being born again and being made spiritually alive in Christ.  We have new life in Christ.  Baptism also represents the washing of our sins.  The water itself doesn’t cleanse us.  Baptism is a reminder that we have been cleansed of our sin and forgiven through the death and resurrection of Jesus.      

Who should get baptized? 

We believe the Bible teaches baptism is only for a person who has repented of their sins and trusted in Christ for their right standing with God, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life.  We also call this “Believer’s Baptism,” so we do not baptize babies or infants.  If you are a follower of Jesus, but you were sprinkled as an infant, we would encourage you to be baptized in the way that follows the pattern in the Bible. 

How should you get baptized?

The word for baptism in the original biblical language literally means ‘to immerse.’  In Mark 1:10, the Bible says Jesus came up out of the water after his baptism.  In Acts 8:38, Philip took the Ethiopian Eunuch down into the water in order to baptize him. 

At FBC, we have a baptistry behind the stained glass windows in the sanctuary.  It is like a tiny pool with warm water and it is only about  3 1/2 feet deep.   This can be scary for some, but one of our pastors will be with you every step of the way.    

Interested in being Baptized?

Please complete the info below and a pastor will contact you soon to arrange a time to hear your story of how God is working in your life!