Baptism means ‘going public’ with our faith in Jesus. It is a sign that we belong to him. It is also a reminder of what Jesus has done for us: He died on the cross and rose from the grave so that we could die to sin and be made alive to God (Rom. 6:11). When we are lowered into the water, we remember His sacrificial death. When we are raised out of the water, we remember His victorious resurrection. Jesus calls everyone who believes this good news to receive baptism as the sign that they belong to Him (Matt. 28:19).
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate with you.
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us.
DO YOU BAPTIZE CHILDREN?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him. Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him. At WeatherStone, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMMERSING, SPRINKLING AND OTHER WAYS OF BAPTIZING?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to as being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10). Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Being submerged underwater represents our death to sin and the old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life.
DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again. God never asks us to take the next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.