After giving your life to Jesus, baptism is the next step on your spiritual journey. Christ called it our first step of obedience—an outward expression of your inner commitment to Him. Baptism declares to the world you’ve trusted Jesus, joined God’s family, and made a commitment to follow Jesus, heart and soul. It’s pretty special! 

Raised to Life

In Matthew 3:13-17, Jesus himself was baptized. It is a symbol of your old-self dying (going under the water) and the new you being raised to life (coming up out of the water) by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was strong enough to raise Jesus from the dead. And after your decision to accept Jesus into your heart, you have that same life-changing power inside you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus 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).

Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

Why should I be baptized?

Why does baptism matter? Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).

Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

When should I 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).

Do you baptize children?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).

Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Crosstowne, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

If your child has already asked Jesus into their life, explain what baptism is and what it means. Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Tips for talking to your kids about baptism are available.

What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling,
and other ways of baptizing?

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 submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave 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 of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.

God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.

Tell the World

Let your Crosstowne family celebrate with you!
Tell us how Jesus has changed your life!

Sign Up to Get Baptized

Acts 22:16
And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

I believe that, due to universal death through sin, I cannot enter the kingdom of God unless born again; that salvation is only by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ; and that I am declared righteous by God and adopted as His child since I have received Jesus Christ my Lord through faith.

I believe that the only means of salvation is to surrender my life completely to the Lordship of Jesus. I have turned to God with humility - acknowledging my brokenness, and putting my faith in Jesus as my Lord. I rely on Christ alone as my only and all-sufficient Savior.

I believe spiritual regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for salvation. It is the result of God's free grace based upon faith in Jesus Christ and evidenced by a life that is being conformed to the image of Christ.

I agree that the sacrament of baptism is commanded in the Scriptures. I have repented and now believe on Christ as Savior and Lord, through a confession of faith, and public baptism. Thus I declare to the world that I have died with Christ and that I also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.