So… what about Baptism?
At Crosspoint, we understand Scripture to teach that only those who have entered into relationship with Jesus Christ to qualify for Baptism.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We experience baptism by immersion in water at Crosspoint because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us.
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what has taken place in your heart:
- Accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior
- Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life)
- Were symbolically washed clean and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
What about Infant Baptism & Infant Christening?
Some church groups choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer; rather it shows that you already believe.
If the purpose of Baptism is to publicly identify a believer in Jesus Christ, you may well be asking yourself, “What was the significance of my Baptism as a baby?” In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them, and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation.
If you were baptized as a child, it was the intent of your parents that you would one day be a follower of Christ. Your Baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. It in no way renounces the Baptism you received as a child.
What does the Bible say about Baptism?
- In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus commands his followers to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…” Baptism is the means by which followers of Christ are identified.
- In Acts 2:41, 8:12 and 10:47–48, it is evident that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation. Baptism was never intended to provide salvation for an individual, but rather to publicly identify a person with Christ.
- In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion experience of Baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under the water represents Christ’s death and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.