What is Baptism?   Baptism is being immersed under water and being brought back up.  It is a command of Jesus for being His disciple (follower).  Your acceptance of Jesus Christ by faith and the blood that he shed for your sins is what saves you.  The act of baptism does not save, it represents the salvation and cleansing that has already happened in the life of a believer. The Purpose of Baptism:

  • Water Baptism identifies the believer with the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“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.”Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

  • Water Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

“When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure–the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” Colossians 2:11-12 (NLT) “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.”Romans 6:4 (NIV)

  • Water Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer. Before baptism repentance must have already occurred. Repentance simply means “change.” It is turning from our sin and selfishness to serve the Lord. It means placing our pride, our past and all of our possessions before the Lord. It is giving the control of our lives over to Him.

“Peter replied, ‘Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church–about three thousand in all.”Acts 2:38, 41 (NLT)

  • Water Baptism is a public testimony– the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord.


  • Water Baptism is a picture representing profound spiritual truth:
Death – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NIV) Resurrection – “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. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” Romans 6:4-5 (NIV) “He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.” Romans 6:10-13 (NLT) Cleansing – “And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”I Peter 3:21 (NIV) “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”I Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)

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  • Be at church early on the day of the baptism to review these points with Pastor Tom.


  • We request that you be clean and showered prior to the baptism.


  • Please bring the following items with you: large towel for drying off, dark shorts and dark T shirt, change of clothes for after the baptism.


  • You will be asked to profess your faith in Jesus Christ in front of the church.  Pastor Tom will ask you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and acknowledge Him as the Son of God.  Pastor Tom will briefly explain baptism and why we do it.


  • You will be assisted into the baptismal pool by a baptismal attendant or Pastor Tom.


  • You will sit down on the bench in the pool.


  • Pastor Tom will kneel beside the pool.


  • You will place your hand on your nose so that water does not enter.


  • Pastor Tom will place his hand on your hand holding your nose and his other hand on the back of your head.


  • Pastor Tom will say:  “I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.


  • Pastor Tom will then lower you into the water and bring you back up.


  • You will then be encouraged to praise God by lifting your hands.  At this time many people receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  You will be encouraged to receive the Holy Spirit.


  • You will be assisted out of the water onto rugs beside the tank.  You may then dry off as much as possible and proceed to the men’s/women’s room to change.