Water baptism is a public declaration of what Jesus Christ has done in the believer’s life, and symbolizes two powerful truths:
1. JESUS’ OWN DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION FOR OUR SINS.
The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” Jesus took all our sins upon Himself and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Going down in the water symbolizes Jesus’ death and burial, and the washing away of all our sins–past, present, and future–by His shed blood. Coming up from the water symbolizes Jesus’ resurrection, in which He overcame sin and death so that we can have eternal life in Him.
2. THE DEATH OF OUR “OLD SELF” TO SIN AND RAISING OF OUR
“NEW SELF” IN CHRIST.
When we go down in the water, we are proclaiming to heaven, earth, and hell, “My old life is gone. As Christ was buried, I am burying my old sin nature, bad habits; and past hurts, failures, and mistakes. From now on, I am dead to sin, my past, and the world’s ways.” When we come out of the water, we are proclaiming, “I am a new person with a new life in Christ Jesus.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
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When/Where can I get water baptized?
Water baptism occurs monthly during our Wednesday or Sunday service. Once you register, we will contact you to confirm your information and share any specific details with you. Everyone receives a "Raised to Life" Baptism t-shirt. Family and friends are welcome to join you and take pictures. Right after your baptism, you will receive a Certificate of Baptism with your name on it signed by our Pastor.
What should I wear?
You will be provided a "Raised to Life" t-shirt to wear, so we ask that you bring a change of clothes to wear home. You will also need to bring a towel.
If I was baptized as a young child, should I get baptized again?
Yes. The Bible teaches that water baptism follows salvation. In order to receive salvation, a person must be of an age where they understand what salvation is and, as an act of their own will, pray to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We believe the minimum age for this is five. There are no accounts in the Bible of infants and young children being water baptized. Thus, if you were baptized as an infant or young child, we recommend you get water baptized again.