Baptism is the outward expression of your faith in jesus.

it is a picture to the world that you are a follower of christ.

 

+ What is the meaning of baptism?

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a picture of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Colossians 2:12.

Baptism is a picture of your new life as follower of Christ. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen savior. The believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It's the believer's testimony to their hope in the final resurrection of the dead. Romans 6:3-5, Acts 8:35-39.

The act of baptism does not save you, it is the act of obedience after you have already believed. Only FAITH in Christ saves you. Ephesians 2:8-9

A great illustration to understand baptism is the wedding ring. Wearing the ring does not make you married, but is a symbol worn by the person to identify with the person they are married to. The outward act of baptism does not save you, it is a picture of what has already taken place inside the heart of a believer.

+ who should be baptized?

Baptism is for those who have put their trust in the finished work of Christ. We believe that those who have trusted Christ but have never made a public profession of their faith through baptism by immersion should follow Christ in baptism. Acts 2:41

+ Do I need to be baptized again if I was sprinkled or baptized before I trusted Christ?

Various denominations practice infant baptism and/or confirmation. We believe there is value in parents committing to raise their child under the authority of Christ in the context of the local church. We also understand that some have been baptized at a younger age but realize that they never truly trusted Christ for salvation. In either case, we believe that biblical baptism is to be done by immersion and after a person trusts in Christ. The overwhelming testimony of scripture points to baptism by immersion after faith, not sprinkling as infants or being baptized before faith. We ask those seeking membership in our church to be baptized by immersion after trusting Christ. Acts 2:41-42, Acts 8:35-39

If you have any questions about baptism or desire to be baptized, please fill out the form on this page or contact Brad Kinney (brad@watkinsville.org).

 
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