“Baptism is an outward expression of what you have already decided in your heart… I call baptism the wedding band of Christianity.” – Rev. Chris Hodges
Use this form to follow with the teaching video. As you watch you can fill out the online form to get ready for your baptism experience.
Baptism signifies that we believe the Bibles claims about Jesus, that we’ve become His follower, submitted to His leadership, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect these truths and change of life, then you should be baptized again.
We’ll baptize anyone who understands what it symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our VAST KIDS ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.
Throughout the New Testament (the second half of the Bible), it teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship, symbolizing the new life we have when we decide to follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40
), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17).
We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus. It is called “baby dedication” today by most protestant churches.
Please bring a towel (or two), a change of clothes, and invite your friends and family to come and celebrate with you.