One of the first steps to growing in Christ is believer's baptism. There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to baptism. Different denominations have varying interpretations when it comes to what the Bible says about baptism. To help clarify baptism for you, we have answered some basic questions about Baptism below.
What is Baptism?
We believe the Bible teaches that baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion, performed after salvation in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Much like a wedding ring, baptism is an external symbol of an internal commitment. Once you have received the gracious gift of salvation by repenting of your sins and placing your faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, you should be baptized as a public declaration of what has taken place in your life. Just as the symbolic wedding ring does not make you married, we believe the symbolic act of baptism does not save you.
Who should be baptized?
The ordinance of Baptism is reserved for those who have been graciously saved by repenting from sin and placing their faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
Why be baptized?
The foremost reason to be Baptized following salvation is because Jesus commanded it.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
Baptism shows three important things:
1) You identify with Christ.
- By following Jesus' example of baptism (Matthew 3:16-17), we are identifying our desire to be like Him. We are showing Him that we are ready to follow wherever He leads.
2) You identify with the Church.
- Being baptized lets the Church know that you are ready to follow Christ and grow in your walk with Him. Taking this action in front of the Church first lets them rejoice in your decision and second, keeps you accountable to them.
3) You proclaim Christ to the World!
- Being baptized is publicly acknowledging your decision to follow Christ. This means that you are letting anyone who sees your baptism know that Jesus is Lord! Baptism is a public display of a private decision… it’s a celebration of the new creation you are in Christ!
Baptism at Colonial Heights
Baptisms occur at the beginning of any of our weekly worship gatherings. If you have been saved and desire to be baptized, you can come forward during the invitation portion of any worship gathering and make your desire known to a minister. After speaking to a counselor or staff member about your decision, your baptism will be scheduled to occur at a time in the near future.