Water Baptism




"Should every believer be baptized? Yes, definitely!" - Max Lucado 

People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? What if I’ve already been baptized—do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? Take a few minutes to read the answers to these common questions about baptism:

 
  • What is baptism?
"Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change." - Watchman Nee.

It is a symbol and celebration of salvation (see 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 celebrating!
  • Why should I be baptized?
"God's people should be baptized because God commanded it, not because some church requires it." - John R. Rice.

Jesus instructs us to be baptized and, Himself, set the example by being baptized. (see Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. 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 our lives (Acts 2:38-41).
  • When is the best time to be baptized?
For everyone who has decided to follow Jesus, baptism is an important next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
  • What is the mode of Baptism observed at Braeswood Church?
We believe that baptism is by immersion, as evidenced in the pages of the Bible. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it. (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10).

Submersion symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being immersed underwateer represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
  • Should I be baptized again, if I've been before?
If you haven't been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take the 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 recieve from listening to Him and doing what He says.


*If you'd like to be baptized, please REGISTER HERE.