Southpoint


Baptism

The occasion of uniting with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection

Why should you be baptized?

In the New Testament church, baptism carries great meaning.

When are you ready?

When you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, and decided to become His follower. There’s no cause for delay — the sooner, the better (Acts 2:41, 8:36, 22:16).

Dedication or Baptism?

Baptism is for those old enough to believe and understand its significance (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12; 16:14, 31-34, 18:8). There is no command for, or record of infant baptism in Scripture (Mark 10:14). Since infants and young children are incapable of understanding the message of salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross, we offer dedication instead. When parents or guardians dedicate their children, they’re making a commitment before God to raise their children in a Christian home.

How?

We practice immersion in water since it expresses the biblical model and is the correct translation of the Greek word. Jesus went down into the water of the Jordan River (Matthew 3:16), and the Ethiopian went down into water as well (Acts 8:38-39). It represents a death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6, Colossians 2:12).

If you were baptized by some other form than immersion, you will be asked to follow the New Testament model and be immersed. It is not a judgment on your salvation or your heart, but an act of informed obedience and sincerity in wanting to do what Jesus asked.

During weekend services at the conclusion of the message, go to the front of the platform to meet with a leader, or go there at the conclusion of the service. Or arrange an appointment for any day of the week by calling the church office. You’re welcome to choose whom you would like to baptize you (church leaders, family members or friends), and to invite anyone you’d like to witness your baptism. You can bring your own towel, and be baptized in your own clothes (t-shirt, shorts, swim trunks); clothes and towels are available at church as well. You may opt to wear a baptism robe over your clothes.

Contact us at baptism@southpointccc.com