Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. At Calvary, we believe that baptism is for believers by immersion. What that means is that if you become a follower of Jesus we dunk you under water as a symbol and a celebration of the spiritual transformation Jesus has done in your life. We believe that baptism doesn’t save you, but only that it is an outward expression of what is already reality inside of you.
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Baptism is an outward expression an inward reality. It is a picture of our salvation. Colossians 2:12 says, “Col. 2:12–buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
Baptism is a symbol. It is a sign to everyone around us that we are followers of Jesus.
Baptism is a declaration that you are a committed follower of Jesus and you are not ashamed to identify yourself with Him.
Every follower of Christ needs to be baptized. Only believers who have placed their faith in Jesus for salvation should be baptized. Acts gives us a great pattern to follow. Acts 2:41 says, “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 8:13 says, “Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip.” Note the order. They “believed” and “received” and then they were baptized.
At Calvary, we believe that baptism is for individuals who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus for salvation. Therefore, we do not baptize infants. We believe the Bible teaches that the individual must make that decision for themselves. The parents cannot do that for them.
Baptism is from “Baptizo” which literally means “immersed” or “submerged in water.” In the New Testament descriptions of individuals who were baptized indicate that they went down into water instead of water being brought to them and poured over them. Acts 8:38-39 says, “Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away…” Matthew 3:16 describes the baptism of Jesus and says, “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water…” The specific word used for baptism and the examples seen in Scripture indicate that the way you should be baptized is by immersion.
From the pattern we see in Acts, baptism should be a believer’s very next step after placing their faith and trust in Jesus for salvation. Acts 2:41 says, “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”