Baptism shares what God has done in your life and shows your commitment to growing in a relationship with Jesus. The FAQs should answer many questions you still have about baptism, but feel free to call the church office at (540)942-2492 or contact us online if you have any other questions.
Why Be Baptized?
Because you want to follow Christ’s example. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan river.” – Mark 1:9 Because Christ commanded it. Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20 Because it shows you are a believer. “…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” – Acts 18:8 Because obeying Christ’s command shows you know him. “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey his commands.” – 1 John 2:3
What Is The Meaning of Water Baptism?
It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection and of our spiritual baptism – our identifying with Christ in our salvation “Christ died for our sins…he was buried…and he was raised on the third day.”- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” – Colossians 2:12 It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection and of our spiritual baptism – our identifying with Christ in our salvation “Christ died for our sins…he was buried…and he was raised on the third day.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation?
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer. It shows that you are already one! They replied, ” Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31 Baptism washes away your sins. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. – Acts 22.16 Baptism unites you in a death and resurrection like Jesus. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” – Romans 6:4 Baptism is a pledge of a clear conscience toward God. and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3.21