We are here to introduce people to the life-changing person of Jesus Christ, and to help people grow in a vibrant, life-changing relationship with Him. Perhaps you have questions about the purpose of life and the relvance of Jesus Christ? Great! Here at FBC we encourge people to ask their questions and to seek out answers to their quesitons, believing that "if you seek God, your God, you'll be able to find him if you're serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29, The Message).
So, go ahead and ask your question. Perhaps you can find some answers to some of life's toughest spiritual questions by clicking on the links below to find out more about the various most asked questions:
Life--Whats the point?
What do Christians believe?
Who is Jesus?
What is the plan of salvation / way of salvation?
Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?
Is the Bible truly God's Word?
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
One of the questions we are often asked is, what do we believe about baptism? Below are a number of questions people have asked about the subject of baptism.
Who Can Be Baptized?
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ as your Forgiver and are now walking with Him.
It is called “believer’s baptism” because one must be a believer before being baptized. Read the testimony of Scripture for yourself: “Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…” (Acts 2:41) “Simon himself believed and was baptized…” (Acts 8:13)
You do not need to become a Baptist to participate in believer’s baptism here at First Baptist. In response to the Ethiopian’s question in Acts 8:36 “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”, the Bible’s only prerequisite is “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” (Acts 8:37)
What Does Baptism Symbolize?
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
Symbolizes your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Baptism identifies us as a follower of Jesus. Did you know that Jesus, Himself was baptized? “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” (Mark 1:9) If you want to follow Jesus’ example, you will be baptized.
Symbolically shows that you have been washed clean and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross. Identifies you with Jesus’ death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life). “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ.” (Colossians 2:12) “By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)
Believer's baptism demonstrates your obedience to Jesus’ commands. “Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the ‘name’ of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) If you want to be obedient to Jesus, you will be baptized. Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at First Baptist Church because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.
What About Infant Christening?
Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. To remove the confusion, we offer a parent-child dedication, but baptism is reserved for those who by faith make the decision to identify with Jesus. Baptism does not make you a believer; rather it shows that you already believe.
What Are The Steps I Need To Take To Be Baptized?
The baptism process at First Baptist Church has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. Each step has been carefully planned with you in mind and to make your baptism meaningful:
First, be sure that you have by faith invited Jesus to be the Lord and Forgiver of your life. If you are uncertain or would like to talk to someone personally about how to take this step, contact Pastor Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-259-9166.
Let us know that you would like to be baptized. Check the “baptism” box on your worship communication card, call the office at 425-259-9166 or e-mail email@example.com and say that you would like to be baptized. We will contact you to schedule your short meeting with one of our pastors to prepare you for baptism and schedule the Sunday you will be baptized.
Attend a meeting to prepare for your baptism. This brief informational meeting makes you aware of exactly how your baptism will be conducted and offer you some ways to make your baptism very special. Get baptized! Baptisms take place during our Sunday morning services and we want to encourage you to invite your friends to this significant event in your life. For questions, please contact Pastor Brian Harpell at firstname.lastname@example.org.