A step of obedience to tell the world you are a follower of Jesus.

What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe the decision to be baptized is up to the individual and that he or she must fully understand what it means to be a Christ follower.

Once someone professes faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the Bible says they should proclaim the life change that has occurred—the watching world needs to know.

  • Believers are those who have realized that their sins have separated them from God.
  • They have given up all efforts to reach God through their own good works or religious activity.
  • They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God.
  • A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for his or her salvation.

Why Does Baptism Matter?

Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows 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. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life.


We are so excited you've placed your faith in Jesus and are ready to go public with your decision! Please fill out the form below and a member of our Next Steps team will be in contact with you to talk through this important step and discuss upcoming baptism dates.

Frequently Asked Questions about Baptism

There is nothing special about the water used for a baptism – it’s just a symbol. So we figured that symbol should at least be comfortable.
We do not baptize babies. However, we encourage parents to present their child for dedication to the Lord, whereby parents publicly commit themselves to raise the child in accordance with the teachings of the Bible. We ask that children wait until they are 8 years old to be baptized.
In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them, and told His disciples to welcome them. But He did not baptize them, and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Baptism is appropriate only for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you were baptized as a child, it was no doubt the intent of your parents that you would one day be a follower of Christ. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. It in no way repudiates or disrespects the baptism you received as a child.