Many people have questions about baptism. If you are wrestling with the question of whether to be baptized, we encourage you to look closely at the meaning behind it. You need to ask yourself, “Is baptism a man-made religious boundary marker, or a Biblical truth that God is asking me to live by?”
To help you determine the answer, consider these common questions:
Should we baptize infants or baptize people mature enough to make the faith decision? Many current Community Bible Church attenders were baptized as babies. At Community Bible Church, we don’t baptize infants, instead we do dedications. Every baptism recorded in the Bible occurred when someone was old enough to make a faith decision. Jesus blessed kids, but he didn’t baptize them.
But what if an unbaptized child dies? Community Bible Church holds to implied Bible teaching that there’s an age of understanding when people are mature enough to grasp a faith decision for themselves. Only God truly knows that age and it may differ for each child. If kids happen to pass before that time, we believe they’re going to heaven.
If I was baptized as an infant in another church should I get baptized again? Your infant baptism was certainly a very special moment for your family. But at Community Bible Church, infant baptism is similar to what we call “child dedication.” Once you personally come to an age where you can decide for yourself to follow Christ, believer’s baptism is the next step. Don’t be afraid to get re-baptized as an act of worship and obedience to Christ.
Does the water wash away my sins? Whether it’s water in a lake or water in a tub, there’s nothing special about the water that is used for baptism. The Bible is clear that we are saved by God’s grace, not by baptism, not by our own works. Baptism is not salvation; Christ’s blood on the cross is really what washes away sins and pays our debt. Baptism is an external declaration of an internal event.