When a person enters into new life with Jesus, the Bible tells us that all of heaven rejoices. Baptism is an outward symbol of the inward commitment to Christ. Baptism is our testimony to the public of belonging to Jesus. If you have accepted Christ, we would love to baptise you and share this special decision with you to go public with your faith.
If you have questions about baptism: Why should I be baptised? I’ve already been baptised. Do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? Feel free to contact us or visit the Information booth after a Sunday service.
Why should I be baptised?
- To follow the example set by Christ.“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptised by John in the river.” Mark 1:9
- Because Christ commanded it.“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you…’” Matthew 28:19–20
- Because it shows you are a believer.“…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptised.” Acts 18:8
- Because obeying Christ’s commands shows you know Him.“We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.” 1 John 2:3
What does baptism mean?
- It’s a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.“Christ died for our sins…he was buried…and he rose again.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3–4
- It is a symbol of your 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 Corinthians 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 also we might live a new life!” – Romans 6:4
Why be baptised by immersion?
- Because Jesus was baptised that way.“As soon as Jesus was baptised, He went up out of the water,” – Matthew 3:16
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.“…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38,39 38–39
- The word “baptise” literally means “to immerse or dip under water.
- It’s the best way to picture a burial and resurrection.
Who should be baptised?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ.
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptised.” Acts 2:41
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
The one requirement for baptism is the belief in Christ! We don’t baptise children until they’re old enough to understand and believe.
When should I be baptised?
As soon as you have believed! You shouldn’t delay.
“Those who believed…were baptised…that day!” Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the Scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they travelled, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look here is some water! Why shouldn’t I be baptised right now?” Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The official answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him.” Acts 8:36–39 (Paraphrase)
Can I get baptised if I’ve already been baptised?
If you haven’t been baptised since you asking Jesus into your life, your next step is baptism. It doesn’t devalue a prior experience but reflects your desire to be baptised in the same way as Jesus. If you have been baptised since asking Jesus into your life, there’s no need to be baptised again.
Can a family be baptised together?
Yes! If each family member trusts in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. When a child believes and understands the meaning of baptism, we’ll gladly baptise them as a symbol of their faith in Christ.