We’re so thrilled that you’re ready to learn more about baptism! It’s an incredible opportunity to show the world that you follow Jesus.
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 is a symbol telling others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have already accepted Christ and are now walking with him. The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
Baptism doesn’t save a person. It’s a symbol and celebration of salvation, like how a wedding ring is a symbol and celebration of marriage (1 Peter 3:21).
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. 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 (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and 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 (Romans 6:3-5).
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19), baptism is an act of obedience. This shows that we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M READY TO BE BAPTIZED?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12). If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Jesus’ first command for new believers is to be baptized. Let the miracle that has happened in you, be seen by the world through baptism.
DO WE BAPTIZE INFANTS OR CHILDREN AT CENTERPOINT?
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 (Romans 10:9). Baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow him (Acts 10:47-48). At CenterPoint, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?
If you haven’t decided to be baptized as a reflection of your relationship with Christ, 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.