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What's so important about being
baptized in water?

Throughout the entire history of the church, people have been baptized in water to show they have accepted the message of God's love and have put their trust in Jesus.

In Acts 2:38 & 41 we read the Apostle Peter's words, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Then we read... "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."

Being baptized in water is an outward sign of the transforming work God has done on the inside! It's a public declaration that proclaims,

"I am dead to my old life and have accepted
Jesus' promise that I am alive in Him!"

And water baptism is the particular sign that Jesus himself chose for his followers. Before he returned to heaven, Jesus said to his disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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" (Matthew 28:18-20).

For those who have said YES to Jesus, water baptism is the NEXT YES! It's the next step we take after we've put our trust in him. As Peter said, "Repent and be baptized." Baptism establishes a pattern in our lives of continuing to say YES to Jesus — which is essential if we are to grow more and more like him and see his redemptive plan released in all areas of our lives.

CLICK HERE to listen to a message from Pastor Tim about water baptism.

Questions About Baptism

Do I have to be baptized in water in order to be saved? No! Over and over again in the New Testament we find the same truth declared that's stated in Ephesians 2:8-9, "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." Water baptism is a sign that we have been saved — not a "good thing" we must do to somehow earn God's salvation. His salvation is a gift of grace alone. Say YES to the gift of salvation, then continue saying YES to Jesus, including being baptized in water.

Can children be baptized? Our practice is for parents to "dedicate" their children to Jesus after they're born, then for them to be baptized when they are old enough to understand what it means to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. There is not a particular age when all kids are ready to be baptized, but we've seen many children make this decision when they were between seven and ten years old. You'll know your child is old enough when they express a desire to be baptized and can tell you why.

May a person be baptized more than one time? Yes, this might happen for a couple of different reasons. First, someone may have been baptized as an infant and now wants to make their own personal decision to be baptized. Second, someone may have walked away from God and baptism could be a public statement of walking in renewed relationship with him.

When may I be water baptized? We offer the opportunity to be baptized in water on the third Sunday of each month during our Sunday morning services. After the service the week before (on the second Sunday of each month), there is a brief baptism class we ask each person to take before being baptized on the following Sunday. If you'd like to be baptized on a third Sunday, plan to stay after service for this class the week before.

Want to talk more about baptism?

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baptized at the Santa Maria Foursquare Church!