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The Bible teaches that once a person is saved, his or her very next step should be to make that commitment to Jesus public through baptism. When you’re ready to take the plunge, just click the button below and we’ll get that scheduled! You can also always just ask a team member at any location any weekend, and they’ll be glad to help, too.
If you’re interested in baptism for your child, please check out our KidSteps Experience info on our fpKIDS page for more information and registration.
Why should I be baptized?
To follow the example set by Jesus (Mark 1:9), because Jesus commanded it (Matt. 28:19-20), and because it demonstrates that you really are a Christian (Acts 18:8, 1 John 2:3).
What’s the meaning of baptism?
It illustrates Jesus’ death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4, Col. 2:12), as well as your new life as a Christian (2 Cor. 5:17, Rom. 6:4). Baptism doesn’t make you a believer; it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is just like a wedding ring– it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart (Eph. 2:8-9).
Why baptism by immersion?
Every baptism in the New Testament, including Jesus’, was by immersion, which means going completely underwater (Matt. 3:16, Acts 8:38-39). The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water.” It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
What if I’ve been baptized in another church?
If you were baptized by immersion in another church once you were saved, there is no need to get baptized again. If you were baptized as a child, or baptized in another way (e.g. sprinkled with water or other method), you can always renew your faith and choose baptism by immersion for yourself or for the first time.
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ should be baptized. (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:12.)
At Faith Promise, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal profession of faith in Jesus. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed, and we have a Child Dedication service for just that reason! The baptism talked about in the Bible is only for those old enough to believe for themselves.
At Faith Promise, it is a requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have believed! (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:35-38.)
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Jesus as the leader of your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “ready,” or until you have your life together, you’ll never feel “good enough”! God accepts us just as we are presently.
My child wants to be baptized.
We have a bunch of awesome resources for your family and children who are asking about salvation and baptism right here!