Baptism is a big step in the life of a follower of Jesus. Please take time to read some basic information below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” —I Cor. 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” —Col. 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” —2 Cor. 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life!” —Rom. 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you—only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” —Ephesians 2:8,9
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” —Acts 2:41
“Simon…believed and was baptized.” —Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” —Acts 8:12
If you were baptized when younger, but walked away from God for a season of your life, you are welcome to be baptized again to display your new commitment.
At South Bay Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
If you were baptized as a child, it was the intent of your parents that you would one day be a follower of Christ. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulﬁllment of your parents’ wishes. It in no way repudiates the Baptism you received as a child.
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