We are excited you are considering baptism. Cape Fear Christian Church believes every person who places their faith in Christ should be baptized. Please take some time to review the following information about this next step.
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
To follow the commandment of Christ. “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
To demonstrate your faith. “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27) “…and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8)
To follow Christ’s example. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM?
In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how baptism by immersion identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Saving faith is a specific belief in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism signifies outwardly the inner change wrought in the heart through the power of faith in Christ’s saving work for all who will receive him as Savior. In baptism, you commit yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
Jesus was baptized by immersion. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)
Every Example of Baptism we see in the Bible was by immersion. “Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)
The word “baptize” literally means to “dunk or immerse under water.”
WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?
In the Bible, Jesus held children, prayed for them, and taught us all to welcome them; but, He did not baptize them or tell anyone else to baptize them. Even though you may have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. Therefore, if you were baptized as an infant, we would encourage you to talk to someone about being baptized by immersion.
IS BAPTISM BY IMMERSION NECESSARY TO BECOME A MEMBER AT CAPE FEAR?
Yes. Our heart’s desire is to obey the clear teaching of God’s word. Your baptism as a believer represents obedience to Christ’s command for all who have come to faith. If you have already been baptized by immersion, you do not have to be baptized again.