Made ALIVE in Christ.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:4
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that publicly declares our commitment to Jesus. Following in Christ’s example, McDowell practices full-immersion water baptism, symbolizing His death and resurrection.
If you have given your life to Jesus, then you should consider baptism as the next step in your faith journey.
I’M READY TO GET BAPTIZED!
Who should be water baptized?
Those who have personally placed faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10)
What about kids?
Scripture does not have any accounts of infants being baptized. For this reason, we do child dedication, where families commit to raising their kids to know and experience God’s love (1 Samuel 1:26-28, Deuteronomy 6:4-5). As kids get a little older and can make a decision to follow Jesus themselves, they might be ready for baptism! Contact [email protected] if you think your child is ready for baptism.
When should I be water baptized?
As soon as you decide to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. There is no reason to delay unless you are wanting to participate in one of McDowell’s baptism services. (Acts 8:12)
When is the next baptism?
McDowell typically does two baptism Sundays a year, where you can celebrate your life change with others from McDowell during one of our services. For more information, let us know here.
What is full-immersion water baptism?
The Greek word from which we get the word baptism is “baptizo”, which literally means “to immerse”. All water baptisms in scripture were by full immersion. Jesus was water baptized by being fully immersed in the water and rising out of it. (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Acts 8:38-39)
Do I need to be baptized at church?
We hold baptisms at McDowell so that we can handle all the preparations for you, but you can be baptized anywhere there is water! Find a pool, river, or head to the ocean. It is not about a specific body of water, but about the condition of your heart. (Romans 10:9-13, Matthew 3:13-17)
That being said, baptism is also a public declaration of faith. The stories of baptism in scripture were written and shared to encourage future followers of Jesus. There is value in having others witness your baptism and hear your story. If you get baptized somewhere else, have a friend take a photo or video of your baptism and send it to [email protected] so we can share it in our next baptism video.
I have questions about baptism. Is there someone I can talk to?
understand you may have questions and we would love to connect with you. Sign up for one of our upcoming baptism classes or email [email protected].