Baptism is a public declaration of faith in Jesus and a significant step of obedience in the life of a believer.

Baptism

WHY BAPTISM?

As the Next Step, “Meet Jesus” describes, Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. If you have done this, then baptism is your Next Step.

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WHAT'S NEXT?

FOR STUDENTS & ADULTS

If you are ready to be baptized (or re-baptized), please read the “Common Questions about Baptism” page. After reading, you may schedule your baptism. If you have further questions, please get in touch with one of our pastors.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus or that He is doing a new work in you, and it allows others to celebrate with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s an expression and celebration of salvation we have already received (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

Why should I be baptized?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus or that He is doing a new work in you, and it allows others to celebrate with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s an expression and celebration of salvation we have already received (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

When's the best time to be baptized?

There is no reason to delay! For everyone who decides to follow Jesus for the first time, baptism is the next step (Acts 8:12). Even for those who have already accepted Jesus and surrender their lives to Him, baptism can be a powerful mile marker on their spiritual journey. If you’ve been baptized before, it is okay to be baptized again to publicly profess that God is doing a new work in you.

Do you 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). In the Bible, any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Beltway, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. This is called believers’ baptism. Instead of baptizing babies, we dedicate them to the Lord. Learn more about Baby Dedications »

Why is baptism by immersion important?

Baptism by immersion serves as a remarkable symbol or picture of Jesus’ death burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) as well as a believer’s spiritual death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). In the original Greek of the New Testament, the word typically used for baptism literally means to dip down in the water or to be submersed. In fact, every baptism in the Bible was by immersion, including the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).

Will I have to say anything when I'm baptized?

We will ask you to publicly answer two questions:

  1. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
  2. Do you commit to follow Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, all the days of your life?
Who will baptize me?

According to how God leads you, any person who has made a profession of faith in Jesus can baptize you. If you would prefer for a Beltway pastor to baptize you, please let us know.


FOR KIDS (5TH GRADE AND YOUNGER)

Has your child accepted Jesus? Are they asking about the next step of Baptism? Just pick an upcoming class and attend with your child. No registration required.