Baptism

We are so glad that you are considering baptism. Please take some time to review the following information about Baptism. If you have any questions, please feel free to call The Bridge Church at (541) 460-3024.

Baptism

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Be Baptized?

A. To follow the example of Christ.

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” (Mark 1:9)

B. Because Christ commanded it.

“Jesus, said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

C. It demonstrates that I really am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.

“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” (1 John 2:3)

What Is the Meaning of Baptism?

A. It illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…and He rose again.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Colossaians 2:12)

B. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

“When someone becomes a Christian they become a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)

C. Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian.

“Only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring — it’s the outward sign of the commitment you have made in your heart (see Ephesians 2:8-9)

Do I have to be baptized by immersion?

No. Baptism is an outward expression of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism is about going public with your decision to believe in Christ.

However, if you are able to be baptized by immersion. Do it!

Why?

A. Because Jesus was baptized that way.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)

B. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(for example)

“…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)

C. The word “baptize” means “to dip under water.”

D. It best symbolized a burial and resurrection (see Romans 6:1-11)

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has believed in Jesus Christ. A believer is someone who has realized that their sin separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13) If you have been baptized in the past and would like to be baptized again. Go for it! It is an opportunity to publicly proclaim your relationship with Christ.

What about children?

The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the candidate did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). At The Bridge Church, we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them in the Christian faith.

Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This custom began about three hundred years after the Bible was completed. This is a time when the parents pledge their commitment to raise their children according to Christian values and beliefs. While a very meaningful event, this is not Christian baptism. The Bridge Church offers a similar opportunity for parents through its infant dedication services. As the purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ, it is strongly recommended that every Christian person be baptized after they have made a personal commitment to follow Christ, even though many of us were “confirmed” as children.

What about infant baptism?

In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone else to baptize them. So it seems more Biblical to wait until after a personal decision to trust Christ has been made by the child. For if baptism signifies salvation, only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism.

If you have not experienced believer’s baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, we strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have believed.

“Those who believed were baptized that day!” (Acts 2:41)

“Then Philip began with the Scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)

Does this mean it has to be immediately?

No. What the Bible is teaching is that baptism should follow your decision to become a believer. However, there is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are “good” enough, you will never feel ready for baptism.

What do I wear?

Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet! You should wear a dark shirt, and feel free to wear either shorts, a swimsuit, or jeans. There will be a changing room available and you will also want to bring a towel. Remember to bring a change of clothes to wear home. Be on site at least 30 minutes before the baptism service starts to receive any last-minute instructions.

I am ready! Now what?

To register for our next baptism service, please feel free to call The Bridge Church at (541) 460-3024.

May this be a blessed experience as we go public with our faith in Christ!! It is one of the great experiences of our life in Christ. It is a holy, sacred moment in a believers life.