We are so happy you have chosen to follow the example Jesus by being water baptized. Publicly identifying with Jesus and proclaiming your faith in Him is a powerful testimony and often a deeply moving experience. This page has been created to answer any questions you may have about water baptism. You may also contact the church office at (805) 648-7955 if you have any additional questions. Please visit this link for more information about this month’s event.
- What is the meaning of water baptism?
1.It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“For when you were baptized. You were buried with Christ, and in baptism you
Christ” Colossians 2:12
When we are baptized we are choosing to identify ourselves with Jesus and His
death and resurrection.
2. It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside.
The old life has passed away and a new life has begun” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“By our baptism then we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that
just as Christ was raised from the dead also we might live a new life!” Romans 6:4.
When we are baptized, we are.proclaiming our new life in Christ.
- Who should be baptized in water?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in and follow Jesus Christ
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized” Acts 2:4.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of
Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” Acts 8:12.
- Why should I be baptized?
1. You want to follow the example of Jesus.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river”
2. Jesus commanded it.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, bap-
tize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach
them to obey everything I have commanded you'” Matthew 28:19-20.
3.It shows you are a believer.
“…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized” Acts 18:8.
- How should I be baptized?
Like Jesus was baptized – by immersion in water
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up and out of the water” Matthew 3:16.
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.
“…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized
him” Acts 8:38.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When should l be baptized?
As soon as you have believed! There is no waiting period. As soon as someone
has received Christ as their Lord and Savior they can and should be baptized.
“Those who believed…were baptized…that day” Acts 2:41.
- Can my child be baptized?
We will baptize children if they have made a knowledgeable decision to give
their lives to Christ and are old enough to be able to understand and explain
what this means to them and why they want to be baptized. For most children
this is not possible younger than 12 years of age, although there are exception
if a child can clearly demonstrate an understanding of what baptism means
and they can describe their salvation experience in their own words.
We do not baptize infants or small children (even along with or being held by
their parents) as this is difficult for them to understand. We do however offer
baby dedication for infants and small children if you would like to dedicate
your child to the Lord. This follows the example of Jesus who was dedicated by
Mary and Joseph.
“Now when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were
completed, they took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” Luke 2:22.
If you would like more information about dedication, please contact the
- Is baptism necessary for salvation?
No, it is not. Baptism is a public confession of the work of salvation that has al
ready taken place in the life of a believer in Christ. We are not saved because we get baptized; we get baptized because we have been saved and want to declare our salvation publicly.
- Do I have to a member of The River Community Church to be baptized?
You do not need to be a member in order to be baptized, although we would prefer that you attend regularly and consider The River Community Church your church home. If you have recently made a commitment to Christ here at The River, we would encourage you to be baptized as soon as possible, even if you have not been attending for very long.