What is the meaning of water baptism?Through water baptism we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. As you are immersed under water, you bury your old sinful nature. When you come out of the water, you experience the new life and resurrection that belong to you through Jesus.
- It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. (Colossians 2:12)
- It illustrates my new life as a Christian. (Romans 6:4)
Who should be baptized?Once you have committed yourself to Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord by turning away from sin and trusting Him, you are ready for water baptism.
Why should I be baptized?
- To follow the example set by Christ. (Mark 1:9)
- Because Christ commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- It demonstrates that I really am a believer. (1 John 2:3)
Why be baptized by submersion?
- Because Jesus was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)
- Every baptism in the bible was by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
- The word “baptize” means to “dip under water.”
I have already been baptized, should I be baptized again?Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life for you, then you should be baptized again.
Can my child or infant be baptized?At Grace, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision to follow Christ, we gladly baptize them in the Christian faith.
In some denominations, infant christening represents a decision made by the parents to dedicate their child to Christ. In many ways, that’s the same reason we do baby dedications at Grace.