Baptism Frequently Asked Questions
Baptism is a pivotal next step in your life, and below are some common questions that are frequently asked.
What is the meaning of baptism?
Baptism is publicly identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it signifies a believer's new life in Christ.
- "Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
- "For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead." Colossians 2:12
The thing is, baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it's the outward symbol of the commitment you've made in your heart, and it represents the most important relationship in your life is with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- "When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
- "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. It is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." — Ephesians 2:8,9
Why be baptized by immersion?
Baptism in the Bible was by immersion. The word "baptize" means "to dip under water." The Greek word baptize means "to immerse or dip/dunk under water." According to Romans 6:4, baptism clearly symbolizes Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
"Then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." Acts 8:38-39
Also, Jesus was baptized that way, "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water." Matthew 3:16
When should I be baptized?
Baptism is very meaningful, and while every Christ-follower should get baptized, a thorough understanding and embracing of Jesus as both Savior and Lord is necessary.
Baptism is not something you have to wait for - it represents you wanting to completely and fully identify with Jesus and His church. It is something you can do as soon as you become a believer, as it represents your changed life and what Christ has done in you.
- "Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day..." Acts 2:41
Once you have been saved, you do not have to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can - and should - be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect," you’ll never feel "good enough"! And if you've been a follower of Christ for some time, it's never too late to identify with Christ in baptism!
Whom does Journey Church baptize?
Every person who believes in Christ, who has made Him Lord and Savior.
- "Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized..." — Acts 2:41
- "Simon himself believed and was baptized..." — Acts 8:13
- "But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." — Acts 8:12
At Journey Church, we believe children who are mature enough can make the decision to believe in Jesus as Savior and understand the true meaning of baptism. When this happens, we will baptize and celebrate a child's faith steps. For more info on the ways we celebrate the faith of children, contact your child's leader or youth pastor. If you are interested in dedicating your child to the Lord, click here.
What will happen at my baptism?
You will enter the baptism pool and the person who is baptizing will ask you if you have made Christ the Lord of your life. After you answer, we will baptize you by briefly lowering you just under the water, and then you can leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. You will receive your baptism certificate afterward. We also take photographs and post them to our Facebook page for you to download a photo of this great moment.
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism as following Jesus, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ, we love baptizing families at the same time. It is a great way to move forward together spiritually.
Whom should I invite to my baptism?
Water baptism provides a great opportunity to testify about God’s work in your life. Through the power of Jesus death and resurrection, one becomes a new person on the inside. We encourage everyone to invite their family and friends to their baptism! Those from out-of-town may watch the service online by clicking here.
What should I wear when I am baptized?
Wear clothes that will not retain much water (jeans are not good), such as long swim trunks, dark shorts, or yoga pants. We will give you a baptism t-shirt to wear and provide a towel for each person. Also, make sure to bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag for wet clothing. Our bathrooms will be available for changing clothes after baptism.
If you have more questions, email a pastor or ministry leader at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more in depth study from the Bible on baptism, check out this great resource.