At New Life Church, we love nothing more than seeing peoples lives changed for Jesus! We also love to celebrate decisions made to follow Him. The
Bible says that those who believe and speak out their faith in Jesus are 'Made New' in Christ. Their next step is to be water baptized. If you have
made a decision to give your life to God, we invite you to join the excitement and go public with your faith.
Are you ready to get in the water?
Let us know you're coming!
To be included in our next Made New service, please call our front office at 361-992-9921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age and phone
number. Request to be part of our next Made New service!
Please note the following:
Water baptism participants are asked to arrive 45 minutes prior to the beginning of service for instruction and preparation.
What you should wear.
Dress in clothes you don't mind getting wet! We will provide you with a t-shirt. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes.
Looking for More? Read below for a detailed look at what God's Word has to say about Water Baptism.
The Why of Water Baptism
1. To follow the example set by Christ.
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." (Mark 1:9).
2. Because Christ commanded it.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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."
3. It demonstrates I am a Believer.
"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands." (1 John 2:3) THE MEANING OF BAPTISM. It illustrates Christ's death,
burial and resurrection. "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was
buried, that he was raised on the third day..." (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 by Immersion
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water." (Matthew 3:16a) "As Jesus was coming up out of the water..." (Mark 1:10)
2. Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
"Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." (Acts 8:38-39) .
3. The word "baptize" means "to dip or immerse."
4. It best symbolizes the burial and resurrection of Jesus.
"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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 3-4).
5. Water Baptism indicates the death of our old life of sin and the beginning a New Life of following after Jesus Christ.
"For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also
live with him." Romans 6:6 & 8).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should be baptized?
Every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. Believers realize their sin separates them from God. They conclude that Jesus Christ's death
on the cross bridges the gap between them and God. Having decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation, they follow Christ in baptism as a symbol of
their new life in Christ.
What about children?
The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism follow an individual's decision to trust Christ
alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47- 48). At New Life Church, we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism
before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them as a symbol of their faith in Christ.
What about infant baptism?
In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them,
and he did not tell anyone to baptize them. Baptism is a public profession of salvation (as the Bible teaches), and only people who have intentionally
received salvation should experience baptism. If you have not experienced adult baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant,
the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have believed in Christ for salvation. "But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of
Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." (Acts 8:12)