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The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt decision to follow Jesus. People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? I’ve already been baptized. Do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or immersed in the water?
If you have questions like these or any other questions regarding baptism, be sure to check out Baptism FAQ below or contact your Location Pastor via the “times and locations” button at the top right of every page. If you want to sign up to be baptized, simply fill out the form we have (button below).
Martin Luther (founder of the 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 best practice of the ancient church.”
John Wesley (founder of Methodist and Wesleyan denominations): “‘Buried with Him’ alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”
Every person who has placed their faith and trust in Christ. A believer is someone who has realized that their sin separated them from God. They have given up on all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13).
The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). At NLC we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them into the Christian faith.
In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone to baptize them. So it seems more Biblical to wait until after a personal decision to trust Christ as their Savior has been made by the child. If baptism is a public profession of salvation (as the Bible teaches), only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism.
If you have not experienced adult baptism even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
As soon as you have believed. Acts 8:12 says, “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
No, but the Bible teaches that baptism should follow your decision to become a believer. There is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are “good” enough, you will never feel ready for baptism.
Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet! We will provide you with a t-shirt so you will need to wear shorts and a towel as well as a dry change of clothes to wear home.
Sign up online at www.nlc.tv/baptism, using the button above, or at Guest Services during an experience. We will contact you with our upcoming baptism dates and more information.