Baptism is a happy ceremony we encourage every believer to enjoy. It’s a lived out picture or declaration of what happened (note the past tense) the moment a person believed in Jesus.
Baptism doesn’t save (no ‘works’ can), but it can help to sanctify (grow in holiness and gain a richer grasp of the gospel) because it’s a significant step of obedience. Jesus commanded Christians to baptise new believers (Matthew 28:19).
Baptism today is a great opportunity to declare the good news. People are willing to listen to real-life stories of how Jesus has transformed lives, especially if they’re friends and family. These stories are also really encouraging for believers to hear!
Testimonies are powerful, so we help people write their stories, and either show a video or have people share live at a baptism service. You can watch some of our past videos here.
We know that different churches hold different views about baptism. Baptism is a secondary issue for us. But we do teach believer’s baptism by full immersion.
We hold this position because when you read through the stories of the early church in Acts, we find baptism explicitly related to repentance, receiving the Word, believing and receiving the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:41, 8:12). These are all things that would only be true of someone that has personally believed. There is also no explicit evidence to suggest that non-believers were ever knowingly baptised.
Water baptism also seems to represent the concept of being immersed into something (Galatians 3:27) and being brought through something (1 Peter 3:20-21). Therefore we think baptising people fully under water is a great way of symbolising all of this. If this is not possible in a specific circumstance then we will discuss other options.
But if you disagree with us about this, we can still be friends, and you can still be a member of our church.