1. To follow the example set by Jesus.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9
2. Because Christ commanded it.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19-20
3. It demonstrates that I really am a believer.
“…many of the people who heard him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
“We know that we have come to know him, if we obey his commands.” 1 John 2:3
1. It illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried…and He rose again.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“For when you are baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. Colossians 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life!” Romans 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer — it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not save you.
Only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring: It’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion.
Example: “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
The word “Baptize” means to “to immerse or dip under water” in Greek.
It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther: “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
John Calvin: “The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”
John Wesley: “‘Buried with him’ alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…” Acts 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
At The Rock, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized as a believer, even though many of us were confirmed as children. This believers baptism can happen at another church or at The Rock.
As soon as you have believed!
“Those who believed…were baptized…that day!” Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are perfect, you’ll never feel good enough!
Men can wear a swimsuit or shorts and a t-shirt. Women can wear a one-piece swimsuit or shorts and a t-shirt. White T-shirts are not recommended. Everyone should bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
At the beginning of the service, one of the leaders will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. At that point, you will be given the opportunity to say a few words if you want. Baptism is a very good time to give a quick testimony, two minutes or less, of how you came to put your faith in Christ and why you are getting baptized. But there is no obligation to say anything if you don’t want. We will then go to where the baptisms will be taking place (the pool, or lake, etc.) You will wait at the edge for your turn to be baptized. The person will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.