An important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as their Savior is baptism. It is a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.
Jesus commanded baptism: “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” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and a public testimony for people who have moved from seeking to believing. When you are baptized, you are publicly saying you are a follower of Christ. However, baptism does not assure salvation. Salvation only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
Baptism symbolizes spiritual cleansing. Divine forgiveness and newness of life is experienced by believers by virtue of their identification with Christ in his death and resurrection. Baptism by immersion illustrates this, as old self-centered ways are buried beneath the water and rising from the water is a new, spiritually-alive life.
CCC teaches and practices believer’s baptism. People 12 years and older who have decided to follow Christ are invited to participate in public baptism. We see baptism as a simple command of Christ that celebrates personal faith in a public way. It’s one of the best ways disciples of Jesus can share their story with others. We’ve designed a simple path for people wanting to experience baptism at CCC.
- Fill out the baptism information form. This step is important for us to help you decide if baptism is right for you. Knowing a little about you and how you have become a believer is vital.
- Attend an orientation meeting. Orientation meetings happen two weeks in advance of baptism events at CCC. Our aim is to help you fully understand what baptism is and how to be prepared for the event.
- Invite your friends and family. During the days leading up to baptism, excitement for the event builds for each participant. We encourage people getting baptized to invite friends, neighbors, and family members to be a part of the celebration.
- Get baptized! At the baptism event itself, each participant will be introduced, asked a simple question affirming their faith in Jesus, then baptized by immersion in a pool. Many participants have a friend or family member help with the baptism.