Baptism is always a highly anticipated event for us. The stories that we get to hear are simply incredible. You may have been feeling the prompting of the Holy Spirit and you may have been praying about it but you’ve got some questions. Read below what Citylight believes baptism is, what it isn’t, and next steps to take on your way to getting baptized.

What Baptism Is

1. It’s a command

Jesus commanded in Matthew 28, “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”. Baptism is not optional to Jesus, it’s a command for every Christian.

2. It’s a sign

Baptism preaches the truth about Jesus’ work in your life. It’s a public profession of your faith that He has changed you and you have dedicated your life to Him. It’s a sign that puts the gospel on display for all to see.

3. It’s a celebration

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free” -1 Corinthians 12:13

This means that not only have you been united with Christ but you’ve been united with the church.

What Baptism Is NOT

1. It’s not necessary for salvation

We believe that baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. In other words, baptism shows you and others what God has already done on the inside. Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2. It’s not for perfect people

There is not a standard you have to meet before you get baptized. The only thing is that you have completely trusted your life to Jesus Christ, that He is your lord and savior and that you are no longer living for yourself but living for Him.

3. It doesn’t add anything to your salvation

Baptism is simply a public profession. It’s an outward sign of an inward reality. It doesn’t add to your salvation or complete it, nor does it make you a super-Christian within the church.

When should you get baptized?

Here at Citylight, we practice believer’s baptism as opposed to infant baptism. Throughout the New Testament, the pattern we see is people choosing to be baptized after they’ve made a profession of faith in Jesus. If you’ve trusted in Jesus to save you and haven’t yet been baptized after your profession of faith, we’d love to encourage you to celebrate with us at one of our upcoming baptism Sundays. If you are ready to proclaim the name of Jesus, then we encourage you to join us to celebrate at one of the Baptism Sundays Citylight hosts throughout the year.

Check the Events page for baptism class and celebration date/time and sign up. 

How does Citylight Baptize?

The Greek word for Baptism is “Baptizo” which means immerse or submerge. This definition fits with Jesus’ baptism as well as the other baptisms we see in the New Testament. Therefore, our mode of baptism that we find to be the most biblical is submerging you fully into water.

What is your next step?

Come to one of our baptism classes where we will explore baptism more deeply and all the logistics involved.

Spring Baptism Class & Celebration:

Class | Sun. Apr. 14 | 8 am | No childcare

Celebration | Sun. Apr. 21 | 10 am

Fall Baptism Class & Celebration:

Early August 2024 

Email Brett Monge if you want to attend the class or learn more about baptism.