Baptism at Grant

Why do we baptize?

We baptize because Christ commanded us to do so. Before ascending into heaven, Jesus said, “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 28:19-20).

What does baptism mean?
Our word “baptism” comes from the Greek language of the New Testament. It has two meanings, one literal and the other figurative. Literally, the word refers to dipping or immersion. Figuratively, the word means identification. For Christians, baptism in water signifies the spiritual reality of being “placed into” and “identified with” Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3–5) and places us into Christ’s body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). Being baptized in water visualizes this inner work of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is the outward physical testimony of an inner spiritual reality.

Is baptism necessary for salvation?
Baptism does not “wash away our sins;” it is the result of repentance. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. The only way to salvation is personal trust in Christ (John 1:12; 3:16), and salvation is only possible because of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8,9).

Why do we only practice baptism by immersion?
This is the recognized meaning of the word “baptize” and it was practiced this way in the New Testament times (by John the Baptist and in the early church). More significantly, only this mode of baptism adequately pictures our identification with Christ’s death and resurrection.

What about those who were baptized by some other means?
Being baptized is both a personal and a public act. As a personal act, your baptism, by whatever means, may have been a wonderfully meaningful step in your journey of faith. As such, it will have continuing significance in your life. People are eligible for church membership at Grant Memorial if they have been baptized as believers by other modes. You also have the option of being baptized again as an opportunity to give public testimony to this group of believers in the form which they understand to be more Biblically appropriate.  

Who should be baptized?
In scripture, baptism always follows conversion. Only those who have been baptized by the Spirit of God should be baptized in water. That is why we do not baptize infants.

Why should you be baptized?
Every person who knows Christ should give public testimony to his faith by being baptized. Christ Himself commands it. God provided baptism as a way for each believer to demonstrate God’s spiritual work to the world.

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