Are you thinking about being baptized?
Your decision to be baptized is an important decision in your journey with Jesus Christ. Baptism is for anyone who believes that Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. It is for those who have invited Jesus Christ into the center of their life. Being Baptized is a decision you make in relation to follower-ship… which means you are walking with Jesus with an active faith, it’s not about joining a church. If you'd like to be baptized or just talk about the possibility please contact Adam Vaughan.
“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized about three thousand in all.” Acts 2:4 (NAS)
What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of your inward commitment to follow Jesus Christ. It is an indication you have decided to be publicly identified as a Christ follower. It is a decision you are making to walk in the will of God. You are stating, “life is no longer going to be determined by what I want, but by what God wants to do with my life.’ You are declaring to God and the world…"I’m living for Jesus."
Being baptized in water expresses you are buried with Christ. When you go under the water you are saying by faith, ‘Jesus, I want all my sins to be washed away.’ When you are raised out of the water you are declaring by faith, ‘Jesus, with your help, I am determined to live life in a new way’.
“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 (NAS)
“…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12 (NAS)
“Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” 1 Peter 3:21 (NAS)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Frequently Asked Questions?
How should I be baptized?
The Vineyard believes that people should be baptized by immersion. The term “baptize” literally means to immerse…to be covered with water.
When should I be baptized?
When you have placed your trust and belief in Jesus Christ as the sole means of your salvation.
What if I was baptized as an infant?
Among believers and denominations there are different perspectives. Some baptize infants while others do not. We believe that baptism should be practiced after a person has placed their trust in Jesus Christ. We conduct child dedications rather than child baptisms.
Should I get “re-baptized” if I have already been baptized at another church?
As long as you were a follower of Jesus Christ and your baptism reflects your active faith in Him for salvation, there is no necessity for being “re-baptized.”
Can my children be baptized?
Absolutely! We believe that anyone, of any age, who has placed their trust in Jesus for their salvation can be baptized.
How does it work at the Vineyard?
1. Register for the next baptism, and attend the orientation.
2. Contact your small group leader or someone significant in your spiritual walk. Ask them to be present with you. If you don’t have someone, no worries, we have a baptism team who will help you.
3. Invite your family and friends. This is a time for celebration!
4. People will be there to pray with you after you are baptized.
What should I bring?
1. A towel. You are going to get wet!
2. Dark, modest clothing in which you will be baptized. Shorts and t-shirt works well.
3. An extra set of clothing and toiletries. There will be a room available for changing, and getting yourself in order.
One Additional Tip
After Jesus was baptized, He was led into the wilderness to be tempted. After your baptism, you may enter a time of spiritual trial and testing. Therefore, it is important to live a guarded life for a few weeks after your baptism. You might want to increase your prayer life, Bible study, and find some friends who can support and pray for you.