Those who are baptized are following Jesus' example and obeying His command. It is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. It shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you.
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” -Matthew 3:16-17
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
• You are a follower of Jesus Christ
"Those who accepted his message were baptized” -Acts 2:41
• You are beginning a changed life in Christ
"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
• You a part of a new family
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” -Galatians 3:26-27
If you haven’t been baptized since you decided to follow Jesus, we would love to help you take your next step. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again. However, your baptism should signify you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
Yes! Any instance of baptism follows a person’s personal decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him. We encourage any parents to partner with our Grace Kidz ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.
Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus' parents dedicated him to the lord (Luke 2:22-40), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16-17). We understand that some churches practice "baptism of confirmation" for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. At Grace Church, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. We provide opportunities for child dedication and believers baptism. This can be scheduled by contacting the church office and usually takes place on the First Wednesday of the month.