What is baptism?
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. (Baptist Faith & Message 2000)
When you are biblically baptized you are identifying yourself before others as a member of God’s Forever Family (Romans 6:4). The Bible teaches that baptism is not essential to have eternal life, but rather it is a step of obedience to Christ’s command after we have received Jesus into our life.
For example, the wedding ring is a symbol of marriage, but a person can be married without wearing one. However, it is a testimony to the world and to their mate to wear it. The same is true for baptism.
Baptism is also an outward example of professing your faith publicly. (Luke 12:8-9)
Who should be baptized?
The Bible says that anyone who has sincerely placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life would be baptized (immersed). Acts 8:36-38
You should respond in obedience to God and be baptized if:
- You have not been baptized (immersed) since you accepted Christ. OR
- You were baptized by a method other than immersion. (We are not doubting the importance of your original baptism, but as Baptists, we believe the Biblical way is by immersion.) OR
- When you were baptized, you thought that baptism was part of receiving eternal life or required for salvation. Baptism does not save us. - Ephesians 2:8
When can I be baptized?
Baptism occurs AFTER your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Savior through faith. Once you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, please let the Pastor know (and others too!). At such time, you and the Pastor will schedule a date to make your profession known to the church followed up by baptism as soon as possible.
At Mt. Olivet Baptist, we schedule baptisms during our morning worship services. Exceptions can and have been made to accommodate unique circumstances.
On the day of your baptism, please meet with the Pastor in his office at 9:40 am where you will receive a brief overview of what you can expect to occur during this special service.
If you have not contacted the Pastor you may SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR BAPTISM HERE...
What should I bring?
A pair of shorts to wear during baptism and a change of clothes for after your baptism. The church is providing you a t-shirt to be baptized in. The T-shirt is yours to keep. Your change of clothes will be needed after baptism. You will exit the baptistry and proceed to the restroom to dry-off, change your clothes and rejoin us in worship as soon as you are ready.