We believe the Bible presents baptism as an outward witness of an inward faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. (Baptism is a physical illustration of what happened when you believed in Jesus Christ as Savior!)
Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus, declaring the believer’s faith in and identification with their crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It is a visible declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The believer being baptized is immersed beneath the waters (literally, the greek word “baptizo” means “to immerse) in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which expresses the believers’ death to sin and their old life (we say, “buried in the likeness of his death.”), and then brought out of the water, which expresses the believers’ resurrection to a new kingdom life in Christ Jesus (we say, “Raised to walk in the fullness of His life”). Furthermore, baptism identifies a Christian with Jesus, the universal church, and the local church.
Jesus commanded that all Christians be baptized. The apostles also commanded that all Christians be baptized, which explains why the book of Acts and records of the early church show that baptism was practiced consistently.
We understand baptism to be the sign and seal of membership in the covenant community. Baptism is for all persons as they join the community of the church.
When someone is baptized they are saying two things:
First, here is what I have done/what God has done: I have trusted in Jesus and surrendered to Him as my Savior and King. God has saved and rescued me from sin and death into forgiveness and life in His Kingdom.
Second, here is what I will do/what God will do: I will seek to walk in obedience to my King in my new identity by His grace and truth, and God— who began a good work in me— will continue until it is complete!