The word “baptism” as it appears in the Bible means immersion (the process of submersion in water followed by emergence from the water). Baptism doesn’t make you a member of God’s family–only faith in Christ does that. Like a wedding ring, baptism is a visible reminder of an inward commitment made in your heart. The only biblical condition is that you believe.
What Is the Significance of Baptism?
Romans 6:3-4 (see also Colossians 2:12)We are identifying with Jesus’ experience and demonstrating outwardly in our baptism that we are dying to our old life, burying that old life, and rising to live the new life. We put on Jesus’ values and priorities. We surrender to Jesus’ ways. We make him the Leader of our lives, as well as the Forgiver. That means, “I’m no longer in charge…Jesus is.” (see Galations 2:20)
How Will I Know When I’m Ready To Be Baptized?
When you are ready to put your life behind you, and put your life into Jesus’ hands. Read Acts 2:38, Colossians 3:5-10, and John 1:12, 13.
What If I Was Sprinkled As a Child or Adult?
Because of the clear biblical direction of baptism by immersion, we ask those who have been sprinkled to be immersed. This does not invalidate the importance of what parents or spiritual mentors did for us…it is simply the next step in our spiritual journey. Immersion is a decision we get to make.
When Is Someone Old Enough To Get Baptized?
Typically an older elementary aged child is old enough to grasp the full meaning of baptism. A good rule of thumb is that if a child still believes in Santa Claus, they are not conceptually, emotionally, or spiritually ready for baptism.
Who Can I Talk To About Being Baptized?
If you are at FBC on Sundays, feel free to ask any of the staff about baptism. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you’d like to be baptized.