Understanding Baptism

Baptism is an important step in your journey as a follower of Christ; it's an outward symbol of the work God has already done in your life. Jesus died and was raised again so that we can have a relationship with God.  When you make the decision to accept Christ as your Savior and give Him the steering wheel of your life, the Bible says that your old way of life is dead, (symbolized by going under the water) and that you are now beginning a new life with Christ (symbolized by coming up out of the water).  Baptism helps us understand our connection to Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. 

It's important that we understand that baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that.  Baptism is like a wedding ring - it's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.  

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."  - Ephesians 2:8-9

"Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with Him?  For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives."  -  Romans 6:3-4

"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again."  -  1 Corinthians 15:3-4

"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ."  -  Colossians 2:12

"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!"  -  2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are interested in being baptized, or just have some questions for us, contact the church office at 994-7698.

Who should be baptized?

Accepting Christ as your Savior and giving Him the steering wheel means you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and that by His death and resurrection, He bridged the gap between you and God for all time.  If you have come to this point in your spiritual journey, you are ready to be baptized.  At North Coast we want to celebrate your commitment to Christ as a church family.

Baptism is an outward symbol that shows the world around us that we are committed to living our life for Jesus.  You do not have to be baptized to have a relationship with Christ any more than you must exchange rings to be pronounced man and wife. But if the inner commitment to follow Jesus has been made, then the outward symbol of Baptism should be as valued and as visible as the ring on a newlywed's finger.

The New Testament records the Baptisms of adult believers only.   At Living Truth we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.  Baby dedications, however, give parents the opportunity to commit to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own decision to follow Jesus.

"Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..."   -  Acts 2:41

"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women."   -  Acts 8:12

What to Expect

We have a portable baptistery that we transport to the school when we have baptisms. The water will be warm, and there will be staff there to help you up the steps and then down into the water. When it’s your turn to be baptized, the pastor, family member or friend that you choose to baptize you will ask you a question something like this, “Have you made a decision to trust God with your life and to follow Him?” After you answer, the person baptizing you will then immerse you backward into the water. This is quick, don’t worry, you won’t be underwater long. Afterward, a team member will direct you to a spot where you can meet friends or family, dry off and then change clothes.

Note: If you would like to have a family member or friend baptize you, please let us know who it is.

What to Wear

Please wear a dark shirt, swim trunks or board shorts and slip-off shoes. Ladies, we encourage you to wear a one piece bathing suit under your dark t-shirt. Please bring a towel as well.  We will provide you with an area located near the baptistery  where you will be able to change before and after the baptism.