BAPTISM

repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Acts 2:38

Lake Baptism 2021
Baptism is always a highly anticipated celebration for us. The stories that we get to hear are simply incredible. You may have been feeling the prompting of the Holy Spirit and you may have been praying about it but you've got some questions. Read below what Apex Baptist believes baptism is, what it isn't, and next steps to take on your way to getting baptized.

What Is Baptism

 

1. It's a Command

Jesus commanded in Matthew 28, "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". Baptism is not optional to Jesus, it’s a command for every Christian.

2. It's a Sign

Baptism preaches the truth about Jesus' work in your life. It's a public profession of your faith that He has changed you and you have dedicated your life to Him. It's a sign that puts the gospel on display for all to see.

3. It's a Celebration

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free” -1 Corinthians 12:13
This means that not only have you been united with Christ but you’ve been united with the church. It means that the church family has a new member!

What Baptism Is Not

 

1. It's Not Necessary for Salvation

We believe that baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. In other words, baptism shows you and others what God has already done on the inside. Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2. It's Not for Perfect People

There is not a standard you have to meet before you get baptized. The only thing is that you have completely trusted your life to Jesus Christ, that He is your lord and savior and that you are no longer living for yourself but living for Him.

3. It Doesn't Add Anything to Your Salvation

Baptism is simply a public profession. It's an outward sign of an inward reality. It doesn't make you closer to God nor make you a better part of the church.

When Should I Get Baptized

Here at Apex Baptist we practice believer's baptism as opposed to infant baptism. The pattern of scripture is a pattern of believers who make a conscious choice to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ. If you are ready to publicly proclaim the name of Jesus, then we encourage you to join us to celebrate any 3rd Sunday. Check the Upcoming page for the next baptism celebration.

How Do We Baptize

The Greek word for Baptism is “Baptizo” which means immerse or submerge. This definition fits with Jesus’ baptism as well as all of the baptisms we see John the Baptist performing. Therefore, our mode of baptism that we find to be the most biblical is submerging you fully into water.

What's Your Next Step

If you're new to our church, a great place to start is attending Discover Apex. During this time you'll learn more about our church and get to connect with one of our pastors who will go into more depth about baptism and all the logistics involved. Our goal is to partner with you in your faith journey, celebrate with you, and support you in your growing relationship with Christ.