What is baptism?
First, baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. People who wish to be baptized are aware that something has happened to them spiritually; that they have had a spiritual rebirth. Jesus put it like this in John 3:3 "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." The water symbolizes what has happened to our soul – a complete cleansing and washing away of the effects and the very nature of sin. God begins to paint his picture of us on a clean canvas.
Second, it is a statement of identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. When we get baptized, we acknowledge that at a specific point in space and time Jesus literally died, was buried, and rose again…conquering death once and for all, and offering real life to all who would have it. In baptism, we’re illustrating that our old, self-centered ways are buried in the water, and we are raised up as new – spiritually alive for the first time.
Third, it is a public profession to the personal Lordship of Jesus. When we are baptized, we're conscious of a fresh decision and desire to walk in obedience to God’s will. Life is no longer about what I want, but rather, what God wants to do with my life. It's letting people know that we are under new management – God’s management.
Who should be baptized?
If you’ve made a focused commitment to follow Jesus, we encourage you to follow Jesus’ command (Matthew 28:19-20) to be baptized as a public profession of your faith in him.
How can I be baptized?
We have baptism celebrations twice a year – on Easter Sunday and during the summer at our church picnic. If you have said "Yes" to Jesus and would like to be baptized, or have questions concerning baptism, please contact the church office.