What is baptism?
Water baptism is a visible picture and testimony to the world of what has already happened within a Christian's spirit. When we believe in Jesus Christ, an inner transformation takes place; the Holy Spirit cleanses our spirits and makes them new with God's life, eternal life. Water baptism is a visible picture to other people of this miracle! We believe that baptism is an important testimony to our friends and family of our faith in Jesus Christ and it is an important act of obedience and love for Jesus.
Who is baptism for?
Baptism is for those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior from their sins. Grace Church does not baptize infants since infants are incapable of believing in Jesus Christ for eternal life. When a child comes to the realization that they are a sinner in need of a Savior and they profess faith in Jesus Christ, they can be baptized.
What does baptism do?
Baptism is not necessary for eternal salvation as the Bible is clear that salvation occurs and then an individual is baptized. The same goes for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit with salvation and baptism does not give us any additional spiritual gifts or power. Water baptism is a visible picture and testimony to the world of what has already happened with us.
How does Grace Church baptize & when can I be baptized?
The Bible describes baptism as people being fully immersed under water and thus Grace Church does not sprinkle or pour. If a person is unable to be immersed for medical reasons, the goal is to get them as wet as possible. We currently have a portable baptistry that we use during normal Sunday worship services and for special baptism events. We provide the opportunity to be baptized during worship services every 6-8 weeks. Fill out the interest form below and we'll keep you up-to-date with the next opportunity.