Baptism is not a means of salvation but a symbol of salvation.
At Rocky Creek, we believe in baptism because Jesus believed in baptism. Not only was Jesus himself baptized (Matt. 3:16), but he also commanded his disciples to baptize (Matt. 28:19). After Peter preached the sermon that birthed the early church, he urged those listening to be baptized after repenting (Acts 2:38).
Baptism serves as a public display of putting on Christ (Gal. 3:27) in the midst of other believers (1 Cor. 12:13).
The Greek word βαπτίζω (baptizo) means to immerse, plunge, or submerge.
What Does Baptism Symbolize?
When someone is baptized, they are illustrating externally what has already transpired internally. As the person is submerged into the water and raised again, it represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It symbolizes our death to the things of this world and the new life that Christ provides (Gal. 6:14; Rom. 6:5-11).
Can Baptism Be Private?
The entire purpose of baptism is to be a public profession in the midst of other believers. Just like the first 3,000 baptismal candidates of the early church (Acts 2:41), as they walked around Jerusalem soaking wet after receiving the gospel, those present for the ceremony had a visual picture of what Christ had already done for them on the inside.
That public illustration brought about a much-needed accountability for all in attendance. As they watched one another identify with Christ, they knew who to hold to a higher standard of living from that point forward (Eph. 4:1).
Who Can Baptize Me?
If you are connected with Rocky Creek, we would love to talk with you about your next step of baptism.
Scripture does not teach that only ministers can baptize others. One of our pastors can baptize you or you can choose someone who has played a significant role in your discipleship to perform the honor. The only requirements are that this person:
- Is a professing Christian
- Has been baptized himself or herself
If you are considering baptism but still have questions, contact David Williams.
If you are ready to be baptized, fill out the information below.