Baptism is one of the first next steps a believer should take in their walk with Jesus. At Grace, we celebrate each time a person goes public with their faith through baptism. It’s a big deal and should be recognized as such.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of the inward grace I have received.
It declares the commitment I have made in accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for payment of my sins and boldly choosing to follow Him everyday and everywhere. Baptism is not a means to receive or achieve salvation; I am only saved by grace through faith.
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian belief. Also, we baptize by immersion since it was the original intent of the word, but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
1. To follow the example Jesus Christ set:
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
2. Because Jesus Christ commanded it:
“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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
3. It testifies that I am a believer:
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.”
-1 John 2:3
Who should be baptized?
Every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. Believers realize their sin separates them from God. They conclude that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross bridges the gap between them and God. Having decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation, they follow Christ in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Christ.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have repented of your sins and experienced God’s salvation by grace through faith.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
There is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are “good” enough, you will never feel ready for baptism. Since baptism is not a part of your salvation but a symbol of it, it is OK to wait until the next scheduled baptism.
What about children?
The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism follow an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47–48). At Grace we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them as a symbol of their faith in Christ.
What do I wear?
We will provide you with a t-shirt to wear for
baptism. We recommend wearing dark shorts or
pants with the t-shirt. There is a changing room
available. Please bring a towel. Arrive 30 minutes
before the service is scheduled to begin for last-minute instructions.