Baptism

Baptism

We practice the Christian ordinance of baptism for those who have repented of their sin and have believed upon Jesus for the forgiveness of sins.  We baptize by immersion in water, into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We do not believe that baptism is salvific in any way, but it is an act of obedience to the commands of Christ and publicly displays one’s commitment and identification with Christ and His Church.  This identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection represents the believer’s death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to a new and holy life in Christ.

In baptism, the church testifies and affirms the faith and repentance expressed by the new believer and also commits to encourage, exhort, and assist the believer in their new life in Christ.  God also uses baptism to remind believers of His grace and call them to faithful obedience.