ABOUT BAPTISM
 
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.
 
BECOME A FOLLOWER OF JESUS
 
 
The first step to being water baptized is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Following every service you will get the opportunity to become a follower! 
 
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY
 
Water baptism is a time of celebration
and public declaration of new life in 
Christ. Invite your friends and family with you to our Baptism Service.
 
 
 
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
 
Our team is prepared with everything you need including a baptism t­-shirt that’s yours to keep.

If you are ready, fill out the form below to apply for your baptism.

We are excited to celebrate this decision with you!

 

 BAPTISM FACTS

1. WHY BE BAPTIZED?
 

Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His 
command.

     ● “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well 
pleased.’” —Matthew 3:16–17

     ● “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have 
commanded you.’”—Matthew 28:18–20

2. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM?

Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
     ● You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
     ● “Those who accepted his message were baptized.” —Acts 2:41
     ● You are beginning a changed life in Christ.

     ● “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
     ● You are part of a new family.
 
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” —Galatians 3:26–27
 
3. I HAVE ALREADY BEEN BAPTIZED. SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?
 
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.
 
4. CAN MY INFANT/CHILD BE BAPTIZED?

At ABIDING WORD, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.  Babies are too young to REPENT & BELIEVE, and invalidates the “baptism” of those who have never received Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  The Bible says…

Acts 2:41 “Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…”  

We practice a CHILD DEDICATION CEREMONY for children.  This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents, God, and this church 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 own personal confession of Christ.  This is different from Water Baptism, which was only for those old enough to believe.  The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

We will baptize anyone (12 years old and up) who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents with questions to speak with a Pastor.