Baptism

What is Water Baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of a Christ-follower to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.

Why Should I be Baptized?

 To follow the example set by Christ. (Matthew 3:16-17) It is what Jesus asked us to do. (Matthew 28:19)     It allows us to demonstrate a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It symbolizes leaving the old way of life,  and beginning a fresh new start.
We declare our commitment publicly. It is an outward expression of what God has done in our life.
The Bible is asking us to go public with our faith. (Matthew 10:32-33)

Who Should be Baptized?

The Bible says that every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. A believer is someone who has realized that their sin has separated them from God. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between themselves and God.
A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for salvation.
If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you should be baptized. (see Acts 2:41; 8:12-13)

What about Children?

Because water baptism is based upon a person's personal choice to follow Jesus Christ, we established that any individual being baptized must be a minimum of 10 years of age, and must understand what baptism symbolizes. We encourage any parents to guide your children to understand the meaning of baptism.
  Click here to see the Water Baptism Guide for Children.

What about Infant Baptism?

The Bible teaches that only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism.
Thus, the Bible would indicate that baptism is for people who have made a decision to follow Christ.
 If you have not experienced believer’s baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life.
We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
At Word of Life  we practice Baby Dedication. This is a time when parents pledge their commitment to raise their child according to Christian values and beliefs. While a very meaningful event, this is not a Christian baptism, according to the Bible.

What to Expect on the Day of Baptism

We baptize believers only and we ask the participants if they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
We baptize by full immersion.
We baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Water baptism is a celebration and we rejoice with you in this important decision.
Are you ready to get baptized?