The Bible teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after salvation -- making a commitment to Christ. Baptism allows the believer to show to the world their authentic 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?
Why should I be baptized?
To follow the example set by Jesus (Mark 1:9, Matthew 3:16, Luke 3:21)
Because Christ commands it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
It demonstrates that I really am a believer. (Acts 18:8; 1 John 2:3)
Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. (Colossians 2:12).
Baptism illustrates your new life as a Christian. (Romans 6:4).
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer; it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you; only faith in Christ does that.
Baptism is a public profession of faith.
I've already been baptized. Do I have to do it again?
Because baptism is a step of obedience after salvation, we don't believe that infants can be baptized scripturally. If you were baptized after truly committing your life to Christ, then there is no need to do it again.
We baptize by immersion.
Because Jesus was baptized that way (Matthew 3:16)
Because every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. (ex. Acts 8:38-39).
The word “baptize” means to “dip under water” and it best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ as Lord and Savior. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:13; Acts 8:12).
* At the Church of the Cove, we believe that every member should be baptized the way Jesus demonstrated.
* We believe once one has become a Christian, they should be baptized as soon as possible.
* We counsel with each new believer so that they understand the meaning of baptism.