What's the purpose of baptism?
The purpose of baptism is to be saved from our sins. Baptism is symbolic of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to be baptized and then sets the example when he was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17). In Mark 16:15-16, we see that belief and baptism go hand in hand. Additionally, Acts 2:38 shows us that forgiveness comes after repentance and baptism.
What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?
When baptism is used in the Bible, the literal meaning is to immerse; to completely bury in water. In Romans 6:3-4, Paul speaks about baptism and compares it to the burial of Christ. Going under the water is symbolic of being buried and coming out of the water is symbolic of Christ’s resurrection.
When should I get baptized?
There is no biblical age requirement when it comes to baptism. You should get baptized when you know what sin is and how that sin separates you from God (Romans 6:23). You should get baptized when you are ready to make a lifelong commitment to God and serve Christ as King.
What if I was baptized as a baby?
The innocence of a baby is beautiful and pure and it’s amazing that families dedicate their children to the Lord. Baptism and following Jesus is something that we must be able to understand. If you were baptized as a baby or you didn’t know what you were being baptized for, we believe that you should be baptized again. In Mark 16:15-16, we see that belief and baptism go hand in hand. And in Acts, the Ethiopian eunuch was unaware of what he was studying (the book of Isaiah), so he needed someone to explain it to him. Phillip came and explained what the eunuch was reading and then went into the water with the eunuch to baptize him (Acts 8:26-39).
Does it matter where I get baptized?
No. There is nothing special about the water or place. In the Bible, people were baptized in different places. As long as there is enough water to be completely immersed in, you’re good. We have baptized people in lakes, pools, and the baptistry in our building.
Does it matter who baptizes me?
Baptism is about the relationship between you and God, rather than you and the other person in the water. In the Bible, we see men of faith baptizing those who wanted to live for God. Although this is the example we have, the Bible doesn’t place a special emphasis on the person baptizing someone.
What do I wear when I get baptized?
Wear whatever you are comfortable getting wet. There is no special emphasis given to baptismal attire in the Bible but we do recommend swim shorts and an extra shirt. We have baptism clothing available if you do not have something to wear. One option is the t-shirt we give you to take home to remember the special occasion.
Do I have to attend your church to be baptized?
No. We baptize many people who don’t attend our services and that’s ok. We do think it’s important that you find a church home. If you’re not sure what a church home is or you’re interested in finding one, use the contact form below.
Do I become a member of your church after I get baptized?
The Broadway church specifically, no, not unless you want to. In Matthew, we see that Christ calls the church, “my church” (Matthew 16:18). In Acts 2, we see that those who were baptized were added to Christ’s church. When we are baptized we become members of His church.