ABOUT BAPTISM

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?

Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is the first step of faith for believers. The baptismal waters don’t save anyone. It’s Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart.


Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) It shows our new life as a follower of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4) Baptism doesn’t make you a believer… it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t save you; Jesus does! Baptism is like a wedding ring, signifying a relationship rather than forming that relationship.


WHY BE BAPTIZED?

We follow Jesus’ example in baptism. He was baptized (Mark 1:9), and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).  Baptism is an opportunity to identify ourselves with both Christ and the family of faith.


HOW ARE WE TO BE BAPTIZED?

At OBC, we baptize by immersion. That’s the example we see throughout Scripture, and is the basis for the meaning of the word “baptize,” which means to immerse (or dip under) in water. (Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:38-39)  The Greek word baptizo means "to immerse or dip under water".  Immersion pictures the symbol of burial and resurrection more vividly than other means.


AM I READY TO BE BAPTIZED?

If you’re a believer, you should be baptized! It doesn’t matter if you were saved 20 years ago or just last week… it’s time to take the next step in your faith journey.  Contact our church office to schedule a time with Pastor Chris to take this step of obedience or simply walk down the aisle one Sunday morning during invitation time to share your desire to be baptized.  We'll schedule a time that is best for your family and guide you through the details for that day.


WHAT DOES OBC REQUIRE?

The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ.  We do not baptize kids until they are old enough to understand and believe.  We recommend baptism if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer, or if you were baptized by a church in a denomination which holds a different view of salvation.