One of the most significant events in the life of a person who follows Christ is his or her baptism.
Baptism is an outward, public expression of an inward reality that takes place in the life of one who trusts in Christ for salvation. If you’ve trusted in Jesus and haven’t been baptized, we strongly encourage you to consider taking this important step. Thank you for your interest in baptism at New Beginnings Community Church (NBCC).
What is Baptism?
The word baptize comes from the Greek word baptizo, meaning to dip or submerge. Baptism was a common practice in many ancient religions as part of ceremonial washings. During the life of Jesus, John the Baptist baptized people to symbolize that they needed to change their lives and begin obeying God from the heart.
In Romans 6:1-4, the apostle Paul explains the symbolism of Christian baptism; baptism expresses our faith commitment to participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection:
That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus.
ROMANS 6:3-14 (THE MESSAGE)
Why does NBCC do baptism?
One of Jesus’ final instructions to His followers:
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." — Matthew 28:19
We baptize people today because Jesus told us that after a person has become His follower (or disciple), they’re supposed to be baptized. The purpose of baptism is to show people in both the church and the community that they’ve become a follower of Jesus. Baptism will not cause God to forgive them—or help them get to heaven. The Bible does not teach this and we’re shown by example as well. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the thief hanging beside Him asked, “Remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” There was no opportunity for the thief to be baptized but Jesus told the thief that He would see him in heaven that very day. – Luke 23:42–43
When should someone be baptized?
Baptism should be done after a person has trusted in Jesus for forgiveness of his or her sins. Jesus tells us to make disciples and baptize; NBCC believes He meant it to be done in that order. That’s also the pattern seen in the Bible in places like Acts 8:30–38.
Watch our NBCC Baptism overview video!
What if you are a parent or family member of a young child?
If you are a parent or a family member of a young child (max 4 years old), we encourage you to visit our Infant / Child Dedications page.
If you are interested in getting baptized but no date has been scheduled, or if you have any questions about baptism, please email email@example.com.