Baptism

Ready to go public with your faith?

You have a relationship with Jesus, now it’s time to walk it out by taking your first step of obedience. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

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What is baptism?

Simply put, baptism is going public with your faith! Like a wedding ceremony or the official changing of your Facebook profile to “in a relationship,” baptism signals to the world that you are with Jesus.

A time of celebration!

Baptism weekends are a time of celebration! We are excited to cheer you on, but we also know that many people come alongside you in your faith journey, and we want them to be a part of your big day. So, we encourage you to invite family and friends to the party.

Baptism course

We believe that baptism follows an inward decision in which you said “YES” to Jesus. Baptism does not save you… it’s your first step of obedience in your newfound or re-committed relationship with Jesus. On this belief, we require people to go through the Experiencing God course before baptism. This is a part of your spiritual formation, and we want to help you continue to flourish in your relationship with God beyond the water.   

Got Questions?

Why should I be baptized?
  • Jesus modeled baptism (Matthew 3:16-17).   
  • Jesus asks this of you (Matthew 28:18-20).   
  • An unbaptized follower of Christ was unheard of in Scripture (Acts 2:41; 8:36-38; 16:31-33). 
Why is immersion significant?

What’s the difference between baptism by immersion, sprinkling, or other methods?   

The only picture of baptism in the Bible is by complete immersion. Additionally, the original word for baptism refers to being immersed or submerged. Therefore, the only valid form of baptism is full submersion.    

  • Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).   
  • Your submersion represents the burial of the old way of life and mindset (Romans 6:3-5).   
I was christened, so should I be baptized again?

Your baptism should have signified your new relationship with Jesus, and the beginning of a changed life. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life or it was not your personal decision, then we encourage you to be baptized again  

Can my child or infant be baptized?

Throughout the New Testament, baptism is a public expression of faith. We understand some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on behalf of the child. The custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. Though well-intentioned, it does not match the Biblical prescription. At Portrait, we provide the opportunity for child dedication that represents a parent’s commitment to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Christ. Jesus’ parents actually did this when they dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22-40). And, later, Jesus was baptized by immersion as an adult (Matthew 3:16-17). To sign up for our next child dedication, fill out this form.   

At Portrait, we will baptize anyone over age 7 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our Portrait Kids ministry to guide your children through these decisions of faith. Check out our Children’s Baptism Guide for more information to help guide your child through this important decision. 

What are baptism weekends like?

Baptism weekends are a time of celebration! We are excited to cheer you on, but we also know that many people come alongside you in your faith journey, and we want them to be a part of your big day. So, we encourage you to invite family and friends to the party.