Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ and identification with the body of Christ. It is spiritually symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to all that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life. The Bible encourages us to follow Christ’s example by being immersed in water as soon after we make a decision to follow him. It is a public way for us to show that we are changed.
Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:27-28
QUESTIONS ABOUT WATER BAPTISM
What is water baptism?
As you are immersed in water, you bury your old sinful nature. When you come out of the water, you experience the new life and resurrection in Jesus.
(Colossians 2:12, 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.
(Acts 2:41; 8:12-13)
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 you really are a believer. (1 John 2:3)
Why do we baptize by submersion?
The word “baptize” means to “dip under water.” Because Jesus was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16) Every biblical baptism was by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
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, you should be baptized again.
Can my child or infant be baptized?
At Eaglepointe, 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 will gladly baptize them.