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).
The word "baptism" in the New Testament means to be overwhelmed or covered by something; to be immersed or plunged in water. We baptize by immersion, which means to be placed completely under water. Jesus was baptized by immersion (Mark 1:10) and immersion most accurately symbolizes our death to sin and resurrection to new life.
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?
At First MB, we believe baptism is set aside for those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior. We do not have a minimum age requirement for baptism, but we do require that a child clearly articulate the Gospel (what Jesus has done for them). Second, we ask that each child be able to articulate their own faith story and why they what to be baptized. It will be important for the child and the parents to have a conversation with one of the pastors.