Common Questions about believer's Baptism
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE BAPTIZED?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus for the first time, baptism is their most important next step (Acts 8:12).
Baptism can also be a powerful mile marker on their spiritual journey. If you’ve been baptized before, it is okay to be baptized again to publicly profess that God is doing a new work in you.
WHY DO YOU IMMERSE PEOPLE?
Baptism by immersion serves as a remarkable symbol or picture of Jesus’ death burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) as well as a believer’s spiritual death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). It also serves as a powerful reminder that our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus. In the original Greek of the New Testament, the word typically used for baptism literally means to dip down in the water or to be submersed. In fact, every baptism in the Bible was by immersion, including the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River (Mark 1:10).
DO YOU BAPTIZE CHILDREN?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but our children must decide if they will commit their lives to Christ (Romans 10:9). In the Bible, every instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At SouthField, we wait until children are able to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
This is called believers’ baptism. Instead of baptizing babies, we dedicate them to the Lord.