Why do we Baptize?
We believe baptism plays an important role in commiting to God. After your decision to follow Christ, the next step is to follow Him through baptism. Just like a wedding ring doesn’t make you married, being baptized doesn’t make you a Christian. But, it is a holy symbol of one’s commitment to God…a statement to Him and to the world that you are His.
1. Baptism identifies the believer with the Godhead (Father, Son & Holy Spirit).
• Matthew 28:19 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
• John 10:28 – “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
2. Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
• Colossians 2:11-12 – In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
• Romans 6:4 – We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
3. Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer.
• Acts 2:38, 41 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Those who accepted His message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
4. Baptism is a public testimony—the outward confession of an inward experience.
When do we Baptize at First Baptist?
We baptize (1.) the third Sunday of every month, (2.) upon special request, and (3.) occasionally en masse on what we call “Baptism Sundays,” where we have an informal time of baptism following morning services.
If you would like to be baptized, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.