Why be Baptised?
“Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved . . . ,” Mark 16:16
Because you want to follow Christ’s example. Jesus himself was
baptised. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience
to identify with us and give us an example to follow.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised
by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9
Because Christ commanded it. Water baptism is an act of faith
and obedience to the commands of Christ. “If you love me, you will
obey what I command.” (John 14:15; James 2:17-18)
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Because it shows you are a believer. Baptism declares that
you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of
your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step
after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important
foundation for the Christian life (Hebrews 6:1-2).
“Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38
How are we to be Baptised
As Jesus was baptised – by being immersed in water.
The word “baptise” comes from the Greek word baptizo which
means “to immerse or dip under water”.
“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.”
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.
The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every
(Example) “...then both Philip and the eunuch went down into
the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water...” Acts 8:38,39
Who should be Baptised
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ.
When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all
of them have been baptised (Romans 6). The one requirement
for baptism is belief in Christ!
“Those who accepted his message were baptised...” Acts 2:41
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news
of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
We do not baptise children until they are old enough to understand and believe.
The Meaning of Baptism
Baptism is a visible act with a spiritual meaning. It is a symbol of
Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during
baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in
the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.
“...Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he
was buried, that 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
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the ‘old life’
and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it
is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a
commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“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
Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are
one! Baptism does not ‘save’ you; only your faith in Christ does that.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one
can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
In baptism, the believer has the triune name of the triune God
placed upon them, ‘Father’, ‘Son’ & ‘Holy Spirit’. The name of the
Lord Jesus Christ is the name of the Godhead (one God in three
persons). The Gospels tell us to baptise believers “...into the
name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”
(Matthew 28:19). Baptism confirms our position ‘in Christ’ and
affirms the blessings of the Father on us as his children.
- Baptism also connects us to the ‘body of Christ’, his people in
the earth. In baptism there is a real sense of being joined with
other believers, not just participating in an individual act of our
own spiritual journey.
“...For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body . . .”
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
When are we to be Baptised?
As soon as you have believed! You shouldn’t delay. Believers
in the New Testament were baptised the same day. As soon
as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can and should be
“Those who accepted his message were baptised...” Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told
him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the
road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here
is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?” And he gave orders to
stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into
the water and Philip baptised him.” Acts 8:35-39
What about being Baptised Twice?
We recommend that you be baptised again if you have not been
baptised by immersion since you became a believer. It doesn’t
devalue a prior experience but simply reflects your desire to be
baptised in the same way Jesus was baptised.
Can a family be Baptised together?
Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of
baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ
for salvation, we encourage families to be baptised at the same time.
Will I have to say anything?
The pastor will introduce you and will give you an opportunity to tell
a bit of your story of how you came to this decision to be baptised.
You will be briefly prayed for and then lowered just under the water.
You will then leave the water to get changed and watch the others
Instructions for your Baptism
Baptisms are conducted monthly and are usually held at
the church. It may be scheduled at each of the Celebration
meetings or on a Sunday afternoon. Look out for
advertisements on Water Baptism. Just prior to the baptisms
the pastor will explain the meaning of baptism and show you
how you will be baptised. It is important that you arrive on time
to be present for the pre-baptism instructions. There is plenty
of room around the baptism pool for your friends and relatives
to celebrate your baptism with you.
I would like to get baptised. What do I do?
Download and fill out an application form and return it to the
Information Desk, or apply online.
You will receive a letter or a phone call to
confirm the date and time of your baptism. If you do not receive
any confirmation by the week the baptism is scheduled, you
should contact the church office.
What should I bring?
- Bathers, plain t-shirt and long pants or shorts
- Plastic bag or something similar to take home your wet clothes
- Hairbrush/comb and hair dryer (if desired)
- Change of clothes (We encourage women to wear bathers with pants or shorts and a top over the bathers).