One of our core beliefs at Mountain Park Church is that all new Christians should follow Jesus’ command to make their Christian faith known publicly through water baptism. We practice baptism through immersion as a biblical symbol of the new life we have received in Jesus--our spiritual death, burial, and resurrection with Christ.
If you haven’t been baptized yet, we delight in the opportunity to celebrate this act of worship with you. To learn more, please attend one of our scheduled Baptism Orientations or speak with Kimberly Tussing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change; it’s a public declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). The act of baptism doesn’t save a person; it is simply a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). Because Jesus took on our sin and granted us His purity, if we put our faith in Him, we are made right with God – and that’s worth celebrating!
Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized, and He set the example through His own baptism (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Our obedience to His instruction shows that we believe and follow Jesus (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. These public displays of baptism also help the church family provide support and accountability to one another.
When’s the best time to be baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12); so if you have placed your faith in Christ, but haven't been baptized through immersion, we encourage you to talk to us about baptism as soon as you can.
Do you baptize children?
We believe the Bible is clear that baptism is a physical picture of salvation that we should take part in after we have trusted that Jesus is Savior and Lord of our life. Therefore, we believe any child who has come to a place of understanding their own personal sin and need for Jesus as Savior and Lord should be baptized, and we encourage that. We believe parents are the primary spiritual leaders in a child's life, so we encourage you to lead that process with your child. If you believe your child has put their faith in Jesus, or need help leading that process, we encourage you and your child to meet with one of our Children's Pastors about baptism.
Why do you baptize by immersion rather than sprinkling?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. 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 in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submerged underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus has raised us and given us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
Do I need to be baptized again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step in baptism. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again. Romans 8:35-39 tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Though we may wander at times, He is faithful to hold onto us.