Why should I be baptized?
You don’t need to be baptized to be saved. The New Testament teaches that a person is saved by repentance from sin and faith in Christ. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38) In Luke 23, the thief on the cross recognized who Jesus was, reached out to Him, and Jesus promised him salvation. That dying thief had no opportunity to be baptized. You need to be baptized to be obedient to Jesus. We are commanded to be baptized as a part of being His disciple. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (Mt. 28:19) Thus, we don’t get baptized when we “feel like it,” or when we “get around to it” or when we are “led to it by the Lord.” Baptism is one of only two ordinances or rituals that Jesus commands us to observe for all time. The other is commonly referred to as communion. Baptism is the public profession of your faith. Baptism is done before a group of people who witness your confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is not the only way we profess to be a Christian, but it is an important way. Baptism symbolizes your cleaning from sin. We often remind people that it’s not the water of baptism that cleanses a person from sin, but the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, water baptism is a beautiful symbolism for this spiritual truth of the cleansing Jesus brought into our lives at the moment of our salvation in Him. Baptism symbolizes your union with Christ in His death, burial, & resurrection. When you become a Christian, you die to sin and your old way of life and you begin a whole new life. Romans 6:8 states, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” The very act of baptism (being immersed in the water and coming up out of the water) is a picture of what happens to you spiritually.
When should I be baptized?
You should be baptized as soon as possible after you have personally trusted Christ for salvation and been “born again”. Remember, you are not baptized in order to become a Christian. You are baptized because you are a Christian. We should not put off baptism, since it is a command of Jesus. SFWC holds baptism celebrations several times per year. You can email us or call the church office at (509) 466-6330 for more information about baptism.
How should I be baptized?
The term “baptize” literally means to immerse. There are lots of ways it can be done, but immersion was how people in the bible were baptized and we baptize by immersion today. Also, immersion best symbolizes what happens spiritually when you become a Christian.
What if I was baptized as an infant
Among Christians there are different perspectives on infant baptism. Some denominations and traditions baptize infants while others do not. Perhaps you were baptized as an infant. How should you view that baptism? You certainly want to show respect to your parents and their viewpoints, as well as be grateful to God for any spiritual influence they had in your life. However, our understanding of what the bible teaches is that baptism is an action that follows conversion. So, if you have not been baptized since you have made a decision for Christ, we would recommend that you get baptized.
What if I was baptized in another church?
Awesome! As long as you had trusted Christ for salvation prior to being baptized, then you do not need to be re-baptized. If however, your baptism was merely a church ritual done prior to your conversion, then we would encourage you to be baptized for the first time as a true believer in Jesus.
Can my children be baptized?
Water Baptism is a decision made by the individual as a way to express their personal commitment to Christ. Because this commitment requires a level of cognitive and developmental readiness, we ask that children be around the age of 8 and older to be baptized. There’s no hard and fast rule on this one, we just want everyone who’s baptized to comfortably understand the “why” behind what they’re doing. Again, this serves as a guideline and not a rule in an effort to help prevent young people from making a premature commitment that they may not fully understand.