What is baptism?

Baptism is...

Baptism is a public declaration of Jesus after a personal decision to follow Jesus. After a person decides to trust & follow Jesus the Bible commands the believer to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).


Baptism is the first step of obedience after deciding to follow Jesus. There is no such thing as a private faith. Jesus died publicly for us, and baptism is our opportunity to go public for Him.


Through baptism, we remember how Jesus saved us. Being lowered in the water is symbolic of how we were dead in our sins. Coming out of the water is symbolic of how our faith in Jesus saved us from death and gives us eternal life.

Baptism is not...

Baptism is not salvation. In other words, the act of baptism will not forgive your sins & give you an eternal relationship with God. The only way to be forgiven of sin & to be given the free gift of eternal life is by trusting in Jesus as Lord & Savior (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:31). To be clear, baptism & salvation are not the same things.


In the first recorded sermon in the early church, Peter preached to a crowd of thousands. About 3,000 people were saved, and the first thing Peter told them to do after salvation was get baptized (Acts 2:38). The pattern continues through the rest of the early church.

Have you decided to follow Jesus and are ready to be baptized? We would love to help you take this step!