Solid Rock Community Church
 

Then Jesus came to them and said, "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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."-Matthew 28:18-20

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Why should believers be baptized?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward condition.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  By being baptized we are telling the whole world that Jesus Christ is our Savior and we want to serve Him!  

Baptism symbolizes our identification with Christ in the death and burial of our old life of sin and a resurrection to a new life of righteousness.

Romans 6:4-5: “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. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.”  

Baptism also provides us a vivid break from our life of sin into our new life as believers in Christ. By baptizing we are carrying out Jesus's command found in Matthew 28:19: “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.”
 
When should baptism take place?
Baptism is the next natural step after repentance of sin and conversion. In the bible we see that very little time elapsed between a person’s conversion and the time they were baptized. Baptism also gives established believers a chance to renew their commitments and publicly profess their faith in Christ.

Acts 8:12: “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 8:36-38: “As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”

Other References: Acts 10:47-48; 16:15, 33

One question that you may have is: Why does our church not baptize infants? Infants are not baptized at our church since they cannot participate in their baptism with an understanding of the meaning and significance of baptism. Also, in Scripture we find only examples of believer’s baptism. We do however practice child dedications in which the parents and church commit to raising up and encouraging the child in a godly manner.
 
How do we perform baptisms?
We practice baptism by immersion. Baptism means to “immerse” or “plunge into water.” Matthew 3:16 says: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him.”

We feel that immersion offers the best representation of the spiritual reality that is taking place. This portrays our dying to self and our new birth in Christ.
 
What to expect:
We will ask you prior to baptism to share the story of your coming into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in written form. At the baptism we will ask you to share your story with your church family. This will be followed by the pastor baptizing you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Immersion will take place and heaven and your church family will rejoice over your public commitment to Christ!!!
 
Practical Issues:
- Bring a change of clothes and a towel.
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- Be sure to invite your family and friends!

Please contact us at solidrock@solidrockcc.com if you’re interested in being baptized. You can also fill out the form at the top of the page.
 
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