We love to celebrate new life in Christ.
One of the most significant events in the life of a person who follows Christ is his or her baptism. It is a way of publicly saying that you are trusting Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin, and you are all in as his follower. If you have put your faith in Jesus, and have not been baptized then baptism is your next step.
What is baptism?
Publicly dunking people may seem strange to you, but this is an ancient ritual that dates back to before the time of Jesus. The word baptize comes from the Greek word "baptizo", meaning to dip or submerge. It was used to describe the process of making pickles or dyeing cloth.
Baptism symbolizes cleansing a life full of sin to moving towards a life that is more like Jesus. Baptisms take place in public settings so everyone in the community can see the difference Jesus was making in the person's life.
Why does Bethel do baptism?
One of Jesus' final instruction to his followers:
Go and make disciples [followers of Jesus] of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
We baptize people today because Jesus told us that after a person has become his follower (or disciple), they are to be baptized. The purpose of baptism is to show people in both the church and the community that theyâve become a follower of Jesus.
When should someone be baptized?
Baptism should be done after a person has trusted in Jesus for forgiveness of his or her sin.
To be sure that the person being baptized fully understands his or her decision, Bethel doesnât baptize kids until they fully understand what Baptism means and is about (which is usually 8 years old). Parents may want to encourage their kids to wait even longer until theyâre mature enough to make the decision for themselves.
Some commonly asked questions:
1). Does baptism save me?
No: Trusting Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin is what saves you. Your baptism is a public declaration of your decision to trust Jesus.
2). I was baptized before, should I be baptized again?
Yes: If you were baptized as a baby, child or before you trusted in Christ, then yes, you should.
No: If you were baptized as a believer elsewhere, you do not have to be baptized again at Bethel.
3). I have trusted Christ, but I haven't been baptized. Do I need to have it all together before I get baptized?
No: Being baptized doesn't mean you're perfect, that you've arrived, or that you are at a certain place in your journey. If you are trusting Christ for salvation, you are ready to be baptized!