Made ALIVE in Christ.
I’M READY TO GET BAPTIZED!
Those who have personally placed faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10)
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.
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)
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)
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.