WATER BAPTISM

“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12

THE BIBLE SAYS…

MARK 16:15-16

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

ACTS 2:38

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

ACTS 2:41

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

ACTS 22:16

“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

GALATIANS 3:26-27

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

1 PETER 3:21

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT WATER BAPTISM IS A COMMAND: We joyfully obey God in this matter.

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12 

WE RECOGNIZE THAT BAPTISM IS NOT AN ACT THAT GETS US INTO HEAVEN: Only faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord offers that assurance.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

WE UNDERSTAND THE THIEF ON THE CROSS WENT TO HEAVEN: He was saved, not by baptism, but by simply believing in Jesus and putting his trust in Him.

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

WE BELIEVE THAT WATER BAPTISM EXPRESSES UNION WITH CHRIST IN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION: Faith unites us to Christ; baptism symbolizes that union.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4

WE BELIEVE THAT THE PROPER METHOD OF BAPTISM IS BY IMMERSION: The word baptism in Greek means to dip or immerse.

“And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” Acts 8:38

WE RECOGNIZE THAT JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO BAPTIZE IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT: All three Persons of the Trinity are involved in the salvation of the believer and are recognized in baptism.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19 

WE KNOW THAT MANY BELIEVERS WERE BAPTIZED IN JESUS’ NAME: This is essentially the same thing because Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are one.

“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30

WE DO NOT BAPTIZE INFANTS: We encourage baby dedications, but water baptism is reserved for professing believers.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10