Baptism is simply going public with your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your decision to follow Him. Baptism is the next step after salvation. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We believe that water baptism is your announcement of three important things: you are a Christ-Follower, you are new person in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
People often have questions regarding baptism. Take a few minutes to read through the six questions below.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. Baptism does not 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 an outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. t’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life (Acts 16:31-34).
2. Why should I be baptized?
Three reasons for baptism. One, to follow Jesus’ example (Mark 1:9). Two, Jesus commands it (Matthew 28:19-20). Three, obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him (1 John 2:3). In other words, because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him.
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
Simply, as soon as you decide to follow Christ. There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are perfect, you will never feel good enough (Acts 8:12).
4. Do you baptize children?
Yes. Although, at Pine Grove, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. This discovery happens best when Mom, Dad, and child sits down with one of our Pastors and talks through the child’s decision.
5. Why be baptized by immersion?
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. The Greek word for ‘baptize’ literally means to immerse or dunk. Jesus was immersed (Matthew 3:13-17), the early church immersed (Acts 2:41), and the New Testament teaches nothing but immersion.
6. Do I need to be baptized again?
Baptism allows follows salvation. If you were baptized before salvation, then we would encourage you to go through the waters of baptism again. If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, then we would encourage you to take your next step of being water baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.