What is Baptism?

Baptism is:

  1. Public profession of a person’s faith and trust in Christ as evidenced in Acts 8:12 and Acts 8:25-38.
  2. Symbolism of Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection as described in Romans 6:3-5.
  3. Christ’s own baptism in Matthew 3:13-17.
  4. Christ’s commandment to be baptized in Matthew 28:19-20.

Why should I be baptized?

  1. Christ commanded it. He was the example. It was for obedience.
  2. It was the pattern of the early church. We see it throughout the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. (Acts 2:37-41, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-39, Acts 10:46-48, and Acts 16)
  3. It is a source of unity and a point of common ground. All is level and equal at the foot of the cross and in the baptismal waters.

What do I need to do to be baptized?
Respond to God’s invitation with your own R.S.V.P.

  • Realize your need for God and respond by faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son and Savior of the world, with your whole heart.
  • Say you’re sorry. Repent (change your mind) and begin a new direction and new way of thinking about your relationship with God and your daily walk as a person to do it God’s way.
  • Verbalize (with your mouth) your trust in Christ and the change that has taken place and that will take place as you mature spiritually in Him.
  • Plunge your past through baptism (your whole body) and begin a new walk and a new way coming out of the baptismal waters as an act of obedience expressing publicly your personal decision to trust Christ as Savior and Lord.

See a decision counselor following any worship service or call 770-234-8300 for assistance.

What about children?
Parents of children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 may call our Children’s Ministry at 770-234-8212, and parents of preschoolers can call our Preschool Ministry at 770-234-8283, to talk with someone regarding your child’s baptism.