At Cross & Crown Church, we love baptisms! Because of the importance that baptism carries, we want you to fully understand what baptism is and why you should be baptized, so that you’re equipped to make this decision well.
Why should I consider getting baptized?
Jesus, who was without sin, humbled Himself and was baptized, in obedience to the Father, witnessed by the Holy Spirit, and gave us an example to follow.
An Act of Obedience:
Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.
A Public Declaration:
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
What is the meaning and importance of baptism?
From Death to Life:
Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb and His resurrection from the dead.
A Brand New Life:
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the ‘old life’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life.’ Baptism is like a wedding ring, it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily basis.
Here is a simple explanation of baptism:
Baptism is a symbol that is meant to show the world that you love, trust and have put your hope in Christ. Baptism is a statement to everyone who sees it that you have trusted Christ for your salvation and you’re now committed to living for Him.
Baptism does not save you, it does not cleanse your sins and does not make you a believer; it shows that Christ alone has already done this!
2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 2:8,9
A New Family:
Being a follower of Jesus is not one that should be done in isolation, but one that’s lived out in community. Baptism also connects us to the ‘body of Christ’, his people on the earth, the Church. Your baptism is your declaration that you’ve been adopted into the family!
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
How are we to be baptiZed?
Cross & Crown baptizes by full immersion in alignment with the teaching of God’s word. We see in many passages including from the example of Jesus. The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “βαπτίζω (baptizo)” which literally means “to immerse or dip under water.”
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptized (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!
Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12
We believe in baptizing children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make a personal declaration of belief. This is a case-by-case basis for each family that has a child who wants to be baptized.
When are we to be baptized?
Believers in the New Testament were baptized the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be, and is encouraged to be baptized. In all the accounts in the Scriptures, baptism is rather immediate. Scripture does not speak of a delayed baptism in which a believer refrains from obedience to the ordinance.
Acts 22:16; Acts 8:35-39