Baptism is one of the most beautiful things we get to experience as a body of believers at Resonate Church. Our baptism services every year are a party – not only because of the celebration of the saints, but because of what it represents – an act of God that transforms a person from death to life, from darkness to light.
Baptism is an outward proclamation of an inward reality that God has created a new life within that person. When you are baptized, you share your personal story with your friends and family and show all the different ways that Jesus has changed your life. When you are baptized, you are immersed beneath the waters, proclaiming that your old self, enslaved to unbelief and sin, has died. And as a believer, you are raised up out of the waters, proclaiming that your new self, freed from sin and death, has been raised in the resurrection of Jesus.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Baptism is the new believer’s testimony to the public of his belonging to Jesus (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives.
2. Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
3. When should I be baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
4. Do I need to be baptized again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again. God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.
5. Does Resonate baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
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Once you apply, someone from our staff will contact you about our next baptism service!