What We Believe About Baptism
One of the most meaningful steps we can take as believers is to obey the Lord in water baptism. For most people, this becomes a “marker event” in their walk with Jesus and demonstrates in a visible manner a person’s internal decision to follow Christ.
Who Should Be Baptized?
Those who become followers of Christ believe that the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him. This is why baptism involves you “Going Public” with your faith.
What Baptism Symbolizes
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
- Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again, clean and forgiven by His death on the cross (from death to life).
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at Reliance Community because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him. (Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:9-10; John 3:21-22)
Infant Christening: Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer; rather it shows that you already believe.
Baptism Opportunities at Reliance Community Church
We celebrate baptism several times during the year; it would be an honor for us to walk alongside you as you take this step in your spiritual journey. We offer baptism every other month.