Some Common Questions About Baptism
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Much like wearing a wedding band displays your commitment to your spouse, being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus and allows them to celebrate this decision with you. Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation.
2. Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized himself. Our obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin and toward Jesus.
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized. It’s the next step after salvation.
4. Do you baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him. Baptism follows one’s personal decision to follow Jesus and trust Him with their salvation. At Vinings Lake, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it. Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and represents our death to sin and old way of life. Being raised out of the water is an image of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life.
6. Do I need to be baptized again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.
Is baptism your next step? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to talk with someone about it.