If you’re a follower of Jesus but you haven’t been baptized, start here.
Celebrate your new life in Christ by being baptized. Baptism is a public declaration of your faith—a step of obedience in your walk with Jesus that invites his blessings into your life. Jesus taught us to believe and be baptized. It is so important that even Jesus himself was baptized. If this is your next step, we’d love to celebrate with you at an upcoming baptism. Baptism services are held throughout the year. If you have questions about baptism contact us.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“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 Cor. 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” —Rom. 6:4
Baptism does not make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ and through His power does that occur. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it is the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
“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
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” —Matt. 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
“…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
The Greek work Baptizo means, “To immerse or dip under water.” It best symbolized a burial and resurrection.
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe 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 Eastside Community Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
As soon as you have believed!
“Those who believe[d]…were baptized…that day!” —Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” —Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason 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!”