Water Baptism

Water Baptism is the outward act of an inward commitment of faith in Jesus.



“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” ~II Corinthians 5:17



Water baptism signifies that we identify with a change in life. Baptism in the New Testament is the word “baptizo” which means to be immersed. Being baptized in water means we are no longer identifying with our old life but our new life in Christ.



“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” ~Colossians 2:12



Getting baptized is simply a public declaration of your faith. This symbolic act of Water Baptism tells those around you that the sins of your past have been washed clean and you are showing the whole world through your baptism that you are basing your life on Jesus Christ, the solid rock. Going under water represents your old life, when you come out of the water represents your brand new life with Jesus Christ. When you are in a right relationship with Jesus Christ, you can live every single day with the assurance that God is going to give you guidance for our life. He sets you free!



Whether you are new in your faith in Christ and have never been baptized or maybe you have been a Christ follower for some time and have thoughts about being re-baptized, be obedient to His Word and to your heart. Our prayer is that you follow our Lord and Savior’s example in water baptism.



Who should get baptized?


Anyone who has made the decision to eagerly follow Jesus Christ as their Lord (complete Authority) and Savior (ultimate Redeemer) is encouraged to get baptized.



Why should I get baptized?


Actions speak louder than words. And being baptized is a symbolic action that boldly declares, “I worship and serve Jesus Christ!”



Can I still go to Heaven if I don’t get baptized?


Absolutely. Confessing your sins to God and proclaiming Jesus as your Lord and Savior are what get you into Heaven. Baptism is simply the next step in your Christian faith. Getting baptized is like wearing a wedding ring – it’s the outside symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. (Romans 10:9)


Where is water baptism found in the Bible?



As his name implies, John the Baptist went about calling people to repentance and baptizing them in order to prepare the way for the coming of his cousin Jesus. We see in Mark 1 and Matthew 3 that Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John before he ever began His ministry. Later in Acts 8:26-39, we read an account of Philip baptizing a man that the Spirit had led him to speak to. These are just a few examples, but obviously there is a Biblical backing for baptism.



Will I be fully immersed under water?


Yes. Colossians 2:12 states that baptism symbolizes our being buried with Christ, dying in the flesh (going underwater) and then being raised with Him as we are born again (coming up out of the water.)



How do I register?


Text WATER to 316 333 2890 or online. When arriving prior to service, check in at the Welcome Center. You will receive any additional instructions.



What should I bring?


Bring a change of dark clothing to service that you want to be baptized in. We suggest dark shorts, a loose t-shirt, undergarments, flip flops, and necessary toiletries. You will have time for a quick change beforehand. After you are baptized you will change back into the clothing you wore to service.