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Baptism FAQ’s

What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?

It illustrates my new relationship with the three persons of the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

This is the only passage in Scripture from the lips of Jesus concerning baptism and how to do it. Jesus commands us to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In baptism, we confess the equality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as God. Baptism is an outward symbol of the work of the three persons of the Godhead providing us salvation and eternal life.


It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in the newness of life.

Romans 6:4 (ESV)

Baptism does not make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. It is your commitment to Christ that saves you. Baptism simply says to the world, “I am not ashamed to tell the whole world what’s happened to me. I have given my life to Jesus.”

Baptism is going public with your faith in Jesus!

Why Be Baptized By Immersion?

Because Jesus was baptized that way.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water…

Matthew 3:16a (ESV)

Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

The Greek word baptizo means, “to immerse or dip under water”.

The founders of denominations agree on this.

Martin Luther… “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”

John Calvin… “The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”

John Wesley… “Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”

Who Should Be Baptized?

Every person who has believed in Jesus.

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 2:41 (ESV)

But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:12 (ESV)

There is one qualification in the Bible to be baptized. You have to believe in Jesus Christ.

At Grace Chapel, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of the gospel and baptism before we baptize them.

What Should I Wear?

The key is modesty. We don’t wear robes for baptism. The pastor wears a t-shirt and swim trunks. So choose a modest top and bottom that you don’t mind getting wet. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet articles of clothing.

Can My Family Be Baptized Together

Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism and each one has personally placed their trust in Jesus for their salvation, we say, “Go for it!”

What If I Have Special Needs?

All of our Elders can perform a private baptism in special circumstances.