Just what is baptism all about?

Before ascending to heaven, Jesus commanded His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 NIV).
And all throughout the Book of Acts, we see the apostles do just that.

Here at Calvary Ellensburg, we believe that baptism by full immersion in water is the next step
in the Christian walk after a person has decided to follow Jesus Christ.

With this in mind, below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding baptism.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It is the opportunity to publicly identify ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It represents the pledge of a clean conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21). It is a symbolic act that represents how God has given us a new beginning; Jesus gives new life to all who believe in Him. It is also a commandment from Jesus to His followers (Matthew 28:19).

Who Should Get Baptized?
Everyone—even Jesus was baptized (Luke 3:21-22). The only requirement for a person to be baptized is that he or she believes in Jesus Christ and understands what baptism represents.

Can I Be Baptized Again?
There is no biblical prohibition against a Christian being baptized more than once. For instance,
if you were baptized as a baby or child, and later opened your heart to a relationship
with God, and now have a clean conscience before Him, then you are encouraged to take this step.

Who Shouldn’t Get Baptized?
We believe a person must first be a believer in Jesus Christ (Acts 8), and second, understand what
baptism means and represents (Romans 6). Anyone who has not asked God to forgive their sins and
 is not a follower of Jesus. Repentance precedes baptism (Luke 3:3).

Will You Baptize My Baby?

A person needs to be old enough to believe. There are no examples of infants or small children
being baptized in the Bible.

The Questions …

The pastor is going to ask you some questions in front of the crowd before he baptizes you.  
If you would like to do some homework to make sure you answer correctly, here are the questions:
1. Is Jesus Christ the Son of God?
2. Did He pay for all your sins on the cross and bury them in the grave?
3. Did He rise again the third day, giving you a new life to live for Him?
4. Have you accepted His free gift of forgiveness and eternal life?
5. Is Jesus the Lord of your life, and do you intend to follow Him all the days of your life?

What do I do next?

Schedule a meeting with a pastor and a time to be baptized.  If you have more questions or
 would like to contact us with additional information, please fill out the form below.
We will contact you as soon as we can.

You can also talk to a Pastor or Elder after one of our services.