Common Questions About Baptism

What is baptism?

Baptism is all about going public with your faith and celebrating what God has done in your life. Baptism is not what saves a person, that can happen only by faith in Jesus alone (1 Peter 3:21). The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is what will change our lives—this is something worth celebrating! 

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus tells us that we should be baptized. He even set the example for us by being baptized himself (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Baptism shows the world that we’re not just believers, we’re belongers. 

When’s the best time to be baptized?

As soon as you can! Once you decide to follow Jesus, baptism is your first step. Anyone who commits to Jesus is ready to be baptized.

Can I be rebaptized?

A lot of people were baptized when they were young but had no idea what they were doing. Some simply saw others doing it and because they believed it was the right thing to do, they did it too. For others though, they were baptized and fully understood what they were doing. The reason these people want rebaptized is for a rededication. Baptism is not a rededication of your faith. Baptism is a declaration of a new faith, an inward change. If this is you, whether you did it when you were a child or did it for the wrong reasons to begin with, we would encourage you to be baptized and make that declaration!

Do you baptize children?

For Jesus, age is not a limit. It is different with every individual. Baptism is an expression of an inward change. If your child has met Jesus and experienced that inward change, they are ready to be baptized! It is the child’s decision. At Crosspoint, we wait until the child is old enough to express this decision on their own and understand the meaning of baptism. 

What’s the difference between immersion, sprinkling and other types of baptism?

During Jesus’ time, baptisms were done by immersion. The original word is most often referred to by being immersed or submerged into water. Jesus’ baptism was done by immersion in the Jordan river (Matthew 3:16). Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed completely under water represents our death to the sin we experience and our old way of life. Being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raises us to a new life and gives us a fresh start (Romans 6:3-5).

Is baptism your next step? Sign up at www.crosspointchurch.com/baptism.

Marion Clifton