"Baptism is not something that saves you. It is an external symbol, of an internal relationships. A way for you to go public about your faith in Jesus and communicate to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It's the next step after salvation."
Why should I be baptized?
1) To follow the example set by Christ.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan” Mark 1:9
2) Jesus commanded it.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.
“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
3) It demonstrates that I am a believer.
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” 1 John 2:3
What is the meaning of baptism?
It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
• You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
• You shared in his death and resurrection, illustrated through baptism by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
• You were symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by his death on the cross.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised from the dead on the third day.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Why be baptized by immersion?
1) Jesus was baptized this way, and every baptism that the Bible records was done this way.
“Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water…” Mark 1:10
“Then both Philip and the Eunuch went down into the water and Phillip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
2) The word translated “baptize” actually means to “dip or immerse” One of the earliest uses of this word in known antiquity is not in the Bible at all, but a pickle recipe, which instructs the cooks to “Baptize” the cucumbers in vinegar.
Who should be baptized?
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with him.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41
What about Children?
Baptism is a public profession of salvation, and only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism. As a result, children that profess faith in Jesus Christ can be baptized at Crosswind. However, a decision to follow Christ is not anything that should be taken lightly or rushed into. We encourage parents to be patient with their children and guide them as they work their way through salvation. To push a child into saying a prayer and baptism before they are ready can be detrimental to their faith later in life. For more questions about Parent Dedication or Child Baptism, please contact the church office here.
What if I want to be baptized again?
If you have been baptized by immersion since becoming a believer, then there is no biblical need for you to be re-baptized. However, there may be some unique circumstances in which being baptized again is a legitimate option. Please contact the church office with inquiries.
When do you baptize?
As often as we need to. We believe baptism should be public, and as a result we prefer to baptize in our Sunday morning worship services. If you would like to be baptized, please contact the church office here to solidify the details
Do you have more questions about baptism? Contact our church office!