We are so glad that you are considering baptism. Please take some time to review the following information.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the church office at (423) 521-1764 or send an email through our contact page.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
- To follow the example set by Christ: “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” (Mark 1:9)
- Because Christ commanded it: “Jesus said, ‘Go then to all people everywhere and make them my disciple, 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)
- It demonstrates that I really am a Believer: “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” (1 John 2:3)
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
- 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.” (Colossians 2:12)
- It illustrates my new life as a Christian: “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes 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)
- 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).
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
- Because Jesus was baptized that way: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)
- 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)
- The word “baptize” means “to dip under water.”
- It best symbolized a burial and resurrection (see Romans 6:1-11).
The founders of the major denominations agree:
- Martin Luther (founder of Lutheran denomination): “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
- John Calvin (founder of Presbyterian denomination): “The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”
- John Wesley (founder of Methodist and Wesleyan denomination): “’Buried with Him’ alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”