We believe that baptism is by immersion. Notice these facts:
- The Greek word "baptiso" which is translated "baptism" in our English Bibles, means "to immerse, dip or submerge."
- Jesus was immersed in His baptism. The Scripture says, ".Jesus, when he was baptized (immersed), went up straight-way out of the water." (Matthew 3:16) Immersion is the only method of baptism that properly identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. When we are immersed in water we identify ourselves with Christ in His death. Arising out of the water, we declare our faith in His resurrection.
".buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead." (Colossians 2:12)
Why be baptized?
The Bible gives three very important reasons why a person should be baptized.
- It is God's command that believers be baptized. Just before Christ left this earth, He left these instructions to His disciples, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:19)
- Jesus gave us an example of obedience to follow. "And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in the Jordan." (Mark 1:9-11) The baptism of Jesus was an act of obedience to the heavenly Father.
- Baptism is a public statement of a person's faith in Jesus Christ and identifying the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism also symbolizes our death to the old life of sin and proclaims our resurrection to a new life in Christ.
- Go forward during the altar call and let an altar counselor know that you are interested in being baptized.
- Meet with a pastor as a baptismal candidate to communicate your testimony of faith in Christ and learn further about the meaning and importance of baptism.
- Upon completion of your meeting you will be assigned your day to be baptized.