FAQ about Baptism


What is it and why should I consider baptism?

In the New Testament, baptism was virtually the first thing a new Christ follower willfully did after responding in faith to the good news of Jesus.  As modeled in the Bible, baptism is an act of obedience that Christ expects of every believer.  It is an outward sign of an inward conversion experience -- a celebration of new life.  (Romans 6:4)

Why be baptized by immersion?

Because Jesus was baptized that way, and every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

What if I was baptized as an infant?

You should also participate in believer's baptism.  The New Testament teaches that baptism was the first thing a new Christ follower did AFTER accepting Jesus as their personal Savior.  We believe those who have accepted Jesus should engage in believer's baptism as a step in becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ. 


Will I have to say anything?

At the beginning of the service one of the pastors will briefly explain the meaning of baptism.  Each person being baptized will have the opportunity to share a one sentence statement of faith explaining why they are choosing to be baptized.  It does not have to be anything complicated or difficult; many people will simply say "because I want to be obedient to Jesus," or "it's my next step," or "I want to publically proclaim my faith."

Can I be baptized with family or friends?

Yes!  As long as each person understands fully the meaning of baptism and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, it is a great way to express family commitment.  However, because baptism is a very personal step of faith, not a tradition, we don't encourage people who would like to be baptized to wait on those who aren't sure.  It puts undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.

I'm afraid of being in the water, can you explain what happens?

You will stand in a tank or pool of water about waist deep only.  The pastor baptizing you will say a few short words, encourage you to cover your nose, and then VERY BRIEFLY submerse you.  It takes only a few seconds and you are fully supported in the arms of the person(s) baptizing you so there is no danger to you at all.  Like many good things, you'll probably look back and say, 'that went so quickly!'  We will be glad to talk to you further if you have more questions or concerns. 


Click here to learn more about our online baptism class.
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More Questions?

Contact Lisa at 763.263.2410 or email lisa@myriversidechurch.com.