What Is Baptism?
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV)
Baptism is a sacrament of the church symbolizing our union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection and a public proclamation of our faith in Christ.
Our statement of faith describes Baptism this way:
In obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the Church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of his death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death, and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin.
For more on the relationship between baptism and being in Christ watch a short, helpful video from the Gospel Coalition on this topic.
Should I Be Baptized?
"And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ" (Acts 2:38)
Jesus and the New Testament encourage every believer to be baptized. If a new believer has come to faith we encourage them to fulfill the biblical command to be baptized. If a person was baptized as a child, or even an adult, and they realize that they were not trusting in Christ for their salvation at that time, we'd also encourage them to be baptized again as a public proclamation of their new life in Christ.
How Can I Get Baptized at Cross of Grace Church?
"And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)
Baptisms occur several times throughout the year. Our next schedule Baptism Sunday is July 30. If you're interested in being baptized at Cross of Grace Church, email us or call our office and simply let us know. We'll make sure to get you connected to one of our elders who will help you explore baptism at Cross of Grace Church.