What is baptism?


Baptism is a participation in the death and burial of Jesus Christ through immersion in water. It is a rebirth; a death to one's old self, and a life to a new creation. Being baptized is an intimate and delicate phenomenon that requires a depth of understanding from scripture to fully experience. Let's take a look.

Ephesians 4:4-6

"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."


Acts 2:36-39

"'Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.' When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-- for all whom the Lord our God will call.'"


Acts 16:22-34

"The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
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Romans 6:3-4

"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therfore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."


Colossians 2:12

"Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead."


1 Peter 3:20-21

"to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from your body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ"


Matthew 28:19

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"


Mark 16:16

"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."


John 3:3-5

"Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.'
'How can someone be born when they are old?' Nicodemus asked. 'Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!'
Jesus answered, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.'"

What we believe.


Being baptized is an incredible experience that every disciple of Christ must participate in after repenting from their sins. It is not symbolic, an afterthought, or an outward sign of an inward change. It is an appeal to God for a clear conscience and for the forgiveness of sins.

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