What is Baptism?

Christian baptism is immersion in water as a public statement of your new identity in Christ, having received Him by faith as Savior and Lord. Baptism does not save a person. Rather, baptism is the first act of obedience for one who has been saved.

Why should I be baptized?

To follow the example set by Jesus.
One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. Mark 1:9

Because Jesus commands it.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

To demonstrate that I am a follower of Jesus.
And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 1 John 2:3

To respond to being saved through faith.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9

What does baptism mean?

An "illustration" is a visual representation of an idea. Our baptism does not make us Christians, it is an illustration of a commitment that we've made in our hearts, sort of like a wedding ring. The wedding ring isn't what makes you married. It's the representation, or symbol, that shows the commitment a husband and wife make in their hearts.

Baptism illustrates Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
Christ died for sins according to the Scriptures… He was buried… he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

… Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

Baptism illustrates my  new life as a Christian.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

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. 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 6:4-5

Why do I have to be immersed?

Because Jesus was baptized this way.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. Matthew 3:16

Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
See one example of Philip and the Eunuch in Acts 8:38-39.

The word baptize literally means "to dip under."

The Greek word baptizo means "to immerse or dip under water."

It is our best demonstration of death, burial and resurrection.
… Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

Who should be baptized?

Those who hear the Gospel.
… and many… who heard him believed and were baptized. Acts 18:8

Those who believe in Christ.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved... Mark 16:16

Those who repent of sin.
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Acts 2:38

Those who confess Christ with their mouth.
… If you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Those who in good conscience pledge their life to Christ.
… Baptism that now saves you… not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. I Peter 3:21

The purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

When should I be baptized?

The model given to us in the Bible is that baptism immediately follows our decision to follow Christ.

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41

For more information, or to schedule your baptism, click here.

What about kids/babies?

At lake tapps, we offer baptism to believers, which means we do not baptize babies. We do offer Child & Baby Dedications similar to those found in the Bible (1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:22; Matthew 19:13-15). If you'd like information about dedicating your child or infant, click here.

If you have a child between 8 and 11 who is interested in being baptized, click here.

If you have a student between 6th and 12th grade who is interested in being baptized, click here.