Why Should I Be Baptized?
A Christian is someone who follows Jesus by doing what he did and saying what he said. Christians are baptized because Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17) and told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
What is the Meaning of Baptism?
Baptism is the picture of forgiveness and new life. The water represents how faith in Jesus cleanses believers of their sin. Also, when you go down into the water and then resurface, you are publically expressing your belief in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection as well as your own spiritual rebirth.
Why Be Baptized By Immersion?
We baptize by immersion because we want to be a church that does biblical things in biblical ways. In the language that the Bible was originally written in, the word for “baptize” literally means “to dip” or "immerse”, and baptisms in the Bible were done by immersion (i.e. Acts 8:38–39). Also, immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection. (Colossians 2:12)
Who Should be Baptized?
Everyone who decides to follow Jesus should be baptized as a landmark of their new life in Christ.
What about Children Baptism?
Here at Antioch we love to see children making decisions for Christ and confessing their faith through baptism! To receive baptism, a child must be able to understand that they have sinned, but that Jesus died in order that their sin would be forgiven.
What About Infant Baptism?
The Bible teaches that baptism accompanies the decision to follow Jesus, so as soon as you believe that Jesus is your savior, you should be baptized (Acts 8:12).
What Do I Wear?
We recommend that you bring a dark shirt and shorts or swimming trunks to wear for your baptism. There are private changing rooms available at the church for your convenience.