So You Want To Get Baptized?
First MB Church practices "believer's baptism," which means a person has already accepted Christ before they get baptized. They are not baptized to get saved. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment. Baptism does not save you; only God's grace and your faith in Christ does that (Ephesians 2:8-10).
We baptize by immersion, which means to be placed completely under water. We baptize by immersion because Jesus was baptized that way (Mark 1:10) and every baptism mentioned in Scripture was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39).
Baptism illustrates Jesus' DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION. The word "baptism" in the New Testament means to be overwhelmed or covered by something; to be immersed or plunged in water.
Why Be Baptized?
- To follow Jesus' example. "At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river." Mark 1:9
- Because Jesus commands you to do it in obedience. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28:19
- To demonstrate to our community of faith that I am a follower of Jesus. "...many of the people who believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8
When should I get baptized?
- As soon as you believe! Most examples in Scripture talk about when a person accepts Christ the phrase "and then was baptized" soon follows. The only requirement is baptism follows salvation; it doesn't provide salvation.
- Here at First MB Church, we believe that baptism is set aside for those who have put their faith in Jesus and have trusted Jesus as their Savior. We do not have an age requirement for baptism but we do require that a child can clearly articulate the Gospel (What Jesus has done for them). Second, we ask that each child is able to articulate their own faith conversion story and to articulate why they what to be baptized. This often takes some wisdom and spiritual maturity to express these things but this is not necessarily an age issue. It will be important for the child and the parents to have a conversation with one of the pastors.