Water Baptism F.A.Q.s


(Click the link at the bottom of this page to sign-up for water baptism) 

What is water baptism?

Water baptism is a ceremony that symbolizes the beginning of our spiritual lives. It is a way to publicly say goodbye to our life outside of Christ (Romans 6:1-4). Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Like a wedding ring, water baptism is an outward sign of an inward event.

WHo is eligible for baptism?

The New Testament consistently speaks of water baptism in the context of pledging one's life to Christ (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Only those who have committed their lives to Christ are to be baptized.

At Northside, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a baptism of confirmation or infant baptism for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.

This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

At Northside, we offer Baby Dedication for parents who wish to make a covenant to raise their child to know and love the Lord. For more information about Baby Dedications, you can e-mail info@northsidecrowley.com

why should i be baptized?

We believe that water baptism is one of the two ordinances or commands (the Lord's supper being the other) given to the church by Christ. Several key passages are important in understanding our need to be baptized in water:

It is commanded of all believers: Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38
It is a symbolic way to publicly participate in the death and resurrection of Christ: Romans 6:1-4

WHen should i be baptized?

As soon as you have decided to submit your life to Jesus Christ, you can and should be baptized. There is no reason to delay.

how can i be baptized?

We regularly schedule opportunities for water baptism as needed. You can either fill out a form here or receive a booklet at the Welcome Center and fill out the form located in the back of the booklet. Someone will be in contact with you shortly after the form is returned.

Can my family be baptized together?

Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Jesus for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.

However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.

For more information contact our office at 337-783-3620.