You may have accepted Jesus at Grace City, somewhere else altogether, maybe even years ago, but you’ve never been baptized. Regardless, if you’ve made a decision to follow Christ, but you’ve never been baptized, we are here for you. Baptism is the outward expression of an inward decision. If you have accepted Christ, we would love to baptize you and share this special decision with you to go public with your faith! Complete the form to let us know of your desire to be baptized. Congratulations, in advance, on taking this step of faith!
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
A: After you have believed in Christ as your savior and confessed Him as your Lord. Why? Because the people in the Bible who were baptized were baptized after they believed
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Belief preceded baptism.
Acts 9:18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized. Belief preceded baptism.
Acts 16:14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. Belief preceded baptism.
Acts 18:8 Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized. Belief preceded baptism.
WHY DO YOU IMMERSE PEOPLE UNDER WATER WHEN THEY ARE BAPTIZED?
The Bible word for baptize means “to immerse.” The word used in your Bible for baptize is from the Greek word “Baptidzo.” The meaning of the word Greek word “Baptidzo” is “to immerse, to submerge, to dip, to plunge, to place under, to sink.” All of the baptisms in the Bible were by immersion.
Mat 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. Why did Jesus have to come up out of the water when he got baptized? Because he had been immersed down into the water. If he had been sprinkled he would not have come up out of the water.
John 3:23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. Why would John need plenty of deep water if he was going to only sprinkle people? The answer is he did not sprinkle people, he immersed them.
Acts 8:38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water ,.. The eunuch would have certainly carried water with him on the chariot he is riding through desert. So it would be no problem to pour a few drops out and get sprinkled, but that’s not what they did. Why? Because biblical baptism is by immersion in water. You have to be buried in the water to show your identification with the death, buria,l and resurrection for sins.
HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO BE BAPTIZED AFTER I HAVE BEEN SAVED?
A: If you have been saved and you understand what it means to be baptized, you should be baptized soon after. Baptism is in many ways an initial step of obedience for the person who truly follows Jesus. For example, the very first Christ-followers were baptized the same day they received the gift of salvation.
Acts 2:41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.
The man who served the Queen of Ethiopia was baptized immediately after he believed.
Acts 8: 36-38 As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look, there’s water! What would keep me from being baptized?” [37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
DOES GRACE CITY BAPTIZE BABIES?
A: No. There are no examples of babies being baptized in the Bible. Why? Because in order to be baptized, you have to believe before you can be baptized. (If you would like to experience the ceremony of publically dedicating your baby to the Lord you we will be sent the appropriate information at firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT ABOUT ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN?
A: We do not baptize children until they are at least seven years old. Baptism is a big deal. We want to be sure that they are old enough to have believed in Christ and proclaimed Him as their Lord. We also want them to be old enough to understand and to remember their baptism.