Haven't been baptized? Not sure if you're ready? It's time to take the plunge!
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
We celebrate the believer’s baptism at Northside Church. What is “believer’s baptism”? That means anyone who has accepted Christ, but hasn’t been baptized, is invited to participate and be baptized and you don’t have to be a member of Northside to be baptized. This is the perfect time to take the next step in your faith journey and join many others who will be baptized as well.
You can find out more about baptism and what scripture says about it by attending our next Baptism Conversation. We’d love to have a conversation with you about this decision you are considering. The conversations are held the weekend prior to baptism. You can sign up for a conversation or get more information by clicking the appropriate link below.
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 heartfelt commitment to Christ. 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 dunked? Baptism is a symbolic event that allows a Christian to express publicly that he is a follower of Jesus. Baptism symbolizes what happens to us when we become Christians. Entering the pool represents leaving your old life behind. When we become Christians, we give control of our lives to God. In doing so, we agree to follow His lead and do what He asks us to do. Getting baptized was not only something Jesus did, but something that He asks all believers to do.
Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.
Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
Yes. We encourage any parents to partner with our Extreme Kids and Northside YOUTH ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.
Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we 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.
So at Northside Church we provide opportunities for child dedication and believer’s baptism.